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16 Nov 2018
Dollywood, Universal and Fantawild among 2018 TEA Thea Awards winners

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) has revealed the winners of this year's Thea Awards.

Dollywood theme park took home the Thea Classic Award, while the prestigious Buzz Price Thea Lifetime Award was awarded to Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative and vice chair of Universal Parks & Resorts.

In total, there were 18 winners across a number of categories, celebrating excellence in the themed attractions industry.

The full list of the THEA outstanding award winners (by category):

Attraction, Limited Budget: Park Legendia, Chorzow, Poland

Museum Experience, Limited Budget: George Washington’s Mount Vernon, US

Connected Immersion – Digital Art: MORI Building Digital Art Museum – teamLab Borderless, Tokyo, Japan

Museum, Limited Budget: The Evel Knievel Museum, Topeka, US

Live Show Spectacular, Limited Budget: Fantastic Journey, Majestic Princess, Princess Cruises, US

Theme Park: Fantawild Oriental Heritage, Xiamen, China

Connected Immersion – Digital Overlay Experience, Limited Budget: Banff National Park, Alberta and Rouge Urban National Park, Toronto, Canada

Attraction: Justice League: Battle for Metropolis, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia, California, US

Brand Centre: LEGO House, Billund, Denmark

Repurposed Attraction: Nemo & Friends SeaRider, Tokyo DisneySea, Japan

Attraction: SlideWheel, Chimelong Water Park, Guangzhou, China

Live Show Spectacular: Legend of Camel Bells, Huaxia Cultural Tourism Resort, Xi’an, China

Live Show Spectacular: Universal Spectacle Night Parade – The Best of Hollywood, Universal Studios Japan, Osaka

Water Theme Park: Universal’s Volcano Bay, Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando, Florida

Outstanding Technical Innovation: Intel Shooting Star Drone System

Peter Chernack distinguished service award: Michel Linet-Frion, Creative & Innovation Director, Pierre & Vacances Développement


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16 Jan 2019
Feliciano-Chon, Soma named co-chairs of 2019 GWS
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has named Catherine Feliciano-Chon – a leading brand development and communications expert with offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai – and Tokyo-based spa/wellness investor and entrepreneur Yoriko Soma to co-chair the 2019 Summit, which is set to take place 15-17 October a the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong.
14 Jan 2019
Bids are in for 2026 Winter Olympic Games – Stockholm and Milan to contest two-horse race
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has received official submission from two bid teams for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games.
10 Jan 2019
Former Questex employees launch new hosted buyer event
Monica Helmstetter and Lucy Hugo, formerly of Questex Media, have announced the launch of a new event company this week, We Work Well Inc, which they describe as “the next generation of hosted buyer events”.
20 Dec 2018
ActiveLab attracts record number of international applications
A record number of international startups have entered the ActiveLab accelerator programme – strengthening the UK's reputation as a fitness tech hub.
17 Dec 2018
US to have professional T20 cricket competition 'by 2021'
USA Cricket plans to set up a professional T20 cricket league in the country by 2021.
12 Dec 2018
FIBO and Leisure Media announce collaboration
FIBO Global Fitness, organiser of the FIBO portfolio of fitness shows, has announced a partnership with global publisher, Leisure Media.
11 Dec 2018
Sector leaders call for 'preventative health push' to get people more active
Physical activity sector leaders, parliamentarians and leading figures in health and business have called for the strengthening of preventative health measures in the UK.
05 Dec 2018
Inaugural FIBO USA kicks off in Florida, challenging IHRSA Convention
The first ever FIBO USA kicks off in Orlando, Florida today (5 December 2018), directly challenging the established IHRSA International Convention and Trade Show.
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22-24 Jan 2019
BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition (BTME)
Harrogate Convention Centre
Harrogate
United Kingdom
28-29 Jan 2019
Facilities Management Forum
Radisson Blu Hotel, London Stansted
Stansted
United Kingdom
29-31 Jan 2019
The Pool & Spa Show
The Atlantic City Convention Center
Atlantic City
United States
29-31 Jan 2019
Spatex 2019
Ericsson Exhibition Hall, Ricoh Arena
Coventry
United Kingdom
24-25 Feb 2019
International Manufacturers & Distributors Forum
ExCeL
London
United Kingdom
24-25 Feb 2019
Active Wellness
ExCeL London
London
United Kingdom
24-25 Feb 2019
World Spa & Wellness Convention London
ExCeL London
London
United Kingdom
24-25 Feb 2019
Professional Beauty London
ExCeL London
London
United Kingdom
27-28 Feb 2019
Quest/NBS & CIMSPA Conference
Chesford Grange
Kenilworth
United Kingdom
04-06 Mar 2019
International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF)
Hotel InterContinental
Berlin
Germany
07-09 Mar 2019
(IWF Shanghai 2019) Int'l Health, Wellness, Fitness Expo
Shanghai New International Expo Center
Shanghai
China
12 Mar 2019
Women in Wellness Leadership Conference
tbc
New York
United States
14-15 Mar 2019
Asia Pacific Spa & Wellness Coalition Round Table
tbc
Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
21-21 Mar 2019
Spa Connection / iConnection Event
Orange County Resort
Orange County, CA
United States
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