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22 Nov 2021
North American and Japanese attractions dominate 2021 Thea Awards

North America and Japan-based visitor attractions and businesses picked up 14 of the 19 Thea Awards this year.

Organised by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), the annual awards celebrate excellence, innovation and leadership in the global visitor attractions industry. The winners were announced during the IAAPA Expo in Orlando, US.

Among the Technical Innovation winners this year were the MarioKart Augmented Reality Themed Ride at Super Nintendo World in Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan.

The other was Anaheim, US-based Stuntronics, developer of the aerial robotics technology behind the 95-lb Spider-Man robot that swings up to 85 feet in the air and performs up to nine shows per day at the Disney California Adventure Park.

The full list of winners:

The Buzz Price Thea Award for Lifetime Achievement:
• Doris Hardoon, executive creative director and producer, Walt Disney Imagineering

Thea Classic Award
• Night Safari, Singapore

Thea Awards for outstanding achievement:
• Indigenous Peoples Experience, Edmonton, Canada (Heritage Centre award)
• The Roads to Freedom, Bastogne, Belgium (Live Show Spectacular on a Limited Budget award)
• Mario Kart Augmented Reality Themed Ride Technology, Osaka, Japan (Technical Innovation award)
• Elephant Springs, Fort Worth Zoo, Texas, US (Zoo Expansion award)
• Symphony: A Virtual Journey Into The Heart of Music, Barcelona, Spain (Immersive Experience on a Limited Budget award)
• Gideon's Bakehouse, Disney Springs, Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, US (Themed Retail Experience on a Limited Budget)
• AniMakerspace, US (Inspirational Learning Experience, Limited Budget)
• BOOM!, Britannia Mine Museum, Britannia Beach, Canada (Museum Experience on a Limited Budget)
• Stuntronics - Aerial Robotics Technology, Anaheim, US (Technical Innovation)
• Wētā Workshop Unleashed, Auckland, New Zealand (Brand Experience)
• Level99, Natick, US (Attraction)
• Super Nintendo World, Universal Studios Japan (Theme Park Land)
• The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!, Universal Studios Hollywood, US (Attraction)
• Reodor Felgen's Hyperakselerator, Hunderfossen Adventure Park, Norway (Attraction on a limited budget)

Thea Catalyst Awards:
• Sina Bahram, founder of Prime Access Consulting
• Carmen Smith, senior VP, creative development, Disney Parks

TEA Peter Chernack Distinguished Service Award
• Lynn Allmandinger, "super volunteer", supporting TEA

To read more about each individual winner, click herefor the dedicate Thea Awards page on the TEA website.

While the TEA Thea Awards recipients are announced each November, they are formally awarded the following spring.

In 2022, the awards gala will take during the "TEA’s big weekend" for the industry at Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, US, during 21-23 April.

TEA International Board President, Chuck Facett, said: "We invite our community to join us in Anaheim at Disneyland Resort for TEA’s big weekend of events April 21-23, 2022, to celebrate these achievements at the annual TEA Summit and Thea Case Studies, crowned by the TEA Thea Awards Gala presented by Chimelong."


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24 Jan 2022
Time to celebrate! Entries open for UK Active Awards
Entries are now open for the annual UK Active Awards.
21 Jan 2022
Wellness Tourism Association aligns with World Wellness Weekend to appoint new ambassadors
The Wellness Tourism Association (WTA), is celebrating its fourth anniversary by striking up a partnership with World Wellness Weekend (WWW) – a global wellness event created to help people adopt healthier lifestyles.
18 Jan 2022
Healing Summit 2022 will take place in September
Annual industry event The Healing Summit has been rescheduled from May to new dates on 3-4 September 2022.
15 Dec 2021
2022 Global Wellness Summit will take place in Tel Aviv
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) will host its 2022 conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, from 30 October - 2 November 2022.
09 Dec 2021
Christine Clinton receives GWS award for excellence in mental health field
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has honoured respected spa industry trainer and figure Christine Clinton with the 2021 Debra Simon Award.
06 Dec 2021
Susan Friedland honoured with Leading Woman in Wellness award at 2021 Global Wellness Summit
Industry figure Susan Friedland has been celebrated with the Global Wellness Summit’s (GWS) annual Leading Woman in Wellness Award.
06 Dec 2021
Tammy Pahel, Kathryn Moore and Anni Hood to headline World Halotherapy Symposium
The two-day World Halotherapy Symposium will go live tomorrow on 7 December to encourage the convergence of the halotherapy and wellness industries.
30 Nov 2021
Bamford Wellness Spa scoops Good Spa Guide’s Best New UK Spa award
The recently-transformed Bamford Wellness Spa in Gloucestershire has been recognised as the UK’s Best New Spa at the sixth annual Good Spa Guide Awards ceremony.
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