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12 Oct 2023
Bob Rogers reveals Legends Panel line up for IAAPA 2024

Three Universal Beijing Resort veterans – Tom Mehrmann, Sylvia Hase and Mike Hightower – will join Bob Rodgers for this year's Legends Panel at IAAPA Expo in Orlando, Florida next month.

The panel, moderated and curated by Rodgers, the founder and chair of BRC Imagination Arts, has been a highlight of the event for the past 26 years.

It was set up with the view of sharing the "otherwise-lost wisdom" and methods of the industry’s great achievers, in a way that helps future creative leaders shape the future of the visitor attractions industry.

The 2023 edition – taking place on 15 November – will explore the lessons, tools and strategies that enabled Universal Beijing Resort to open in spite of Covid quarantines, lockdowns and more.

The three "legends" on the panel will share with delegates their insights, strategies and lessons.

Tom Mehrmann is the president and COO of Universal Destinations and Experiences, Pacific Rim. He was the president and general manager for Universal Beijing Resort during its development and worked with Universal Creative, the Chinese government and the Chinese partners to develop the strategies and teams that would operate the park.

Slyvia Hase is the current president of Hasbas Entertainment and has created an impressive body of award-winning, world-class events and live shows across the United States, Asia, Europe and South America.

At Universal Beijing Resort, she was the creative force that adapted How to Train Your Dragon from a film into the Thea-Award Winning stage spectacular, Untrainable – The How to Train Your Dragon Stage Spectacular, including the script, music, choreography and special effects.

She also led the creative development and production of the park's daily Universal on Parade, featuring themed floats, characters, and performers based on Universal's Despicable Me/Minions, Shrek, Madagascar, and Kung Fu Panda franchises.

Mike Hightower is the retired president of Universal Creative, a role which he was given after spending 26 years with Universal Parks & Resorts (UPR.)

During his career, he oversaw all aspects of planning, design, and creation of Universal theme parks, resorts, CityWalk venues, and new ventures worldwide – including the delivery of Universal Beijing Resort.

To find out more about the IAAPA Expo, click here.

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19 Apr 2024
Galgorm Resort gears up to host UK Aufguss Championships next week
UK sauna enthusiasts will converge at Galgorm Resort in Northern Ireland next week for the highly anticipated second annual UK Aufguss Championships.
27 Mar 2024
Thailand's first lady attends APSWC Awards ceremony recognising industry excellence
The Asia Pacific Spa & Wellness Coalition (APSWC) recently marked another year of industry achievement with a prestigious awards ceremony held during the 2024 APSWC Round Table event in Bangkok, Thailand.
08 Mar 2024
Global Wellness Day 2024 to champion reconnecting with nature
Global Wellness Day (GWD) is set to mark its 13th annual celebration on 8 June 2024, under the theme #MagentaNature, emphasising the vital connection between humanity and the natural world.
04 Mar 2024
SHA Wellness receives top accolade at 2024 World Spa and Wellness Awards
Eight of the world’s leading spa operations were honoured at the annual World Spa and Wellness Awards during a glamorous ceremony held in London over the weekend.
01 Mar 2024
Second edition of UK Aufguss Championships set to heat up Galgorm Resort
The ancient art of aufguss will be celebrated this April with the Second UK Aufguss Championships at destination spa and hotel Galgorm Resort in Northern Ireland.
06 Feb 2024
Canyon Ranch announces Enchant at The Ranch wellness festival
Destination wellness brand Canyon Ranch will host the first edition of its beauty and wellness festival, called Enchant at Canyon Ranch, from 17 to 21 March at its Tucson resort and spa in Arizona.
10 Jan 2024
Spas of America unveils Top 100 Spas of 2023, Spa at Séc-he lands first place
Spa and wellness travel website Spas of America has unveiled its Top 100 Spas of 2023, with The Spa at Séc-he in downtown Palm Springs, California, taking the top spot.
20 Dec 2023
We Work Well unveils 2024 event schedule for fitness, wellness and hospitality industries
International hosted buyer event company We Work Well (WWW) has confirmed dates and locations for its 2024 conference calendar.
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