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TEA & AECOM Release 2010 Global Theme Park Attendance Numbers


Burbank, California USA (PRWEB) June 20, 2011

“The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and Economics at AECOM have released their joint publication, the TEA/AECOM 2010 Theme Index – the definitive annual study of attendance at major theme parks, amusement parks and waterparks around the globe,” announced Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) president Rick Rothschild of FAR Out! Creative Direction. “Looking at 2010 performance, the figures portray the resurgence of destination parks. Both Disney and Universal brought visitors back to their turnstiles with irresistible new attractions – World of Color (Disney California Adventure in Anaheim) and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Universal Studios Orlando). These two outstanding attractions – both honored by TEA with Thea Awards – stand as symbols of the resilience and recovery of the international themed entertainment industry.”

The full report can be viewed and downloaded from the AECOM website or the TEA website.

Returning to pre-recession levels in US & Europe

“Both residents and tourists are coming back to the parks,” confirmed John Robinett, Senior Vice President, Economics at AECOM. “The 2010 TEA/AECOM Theme Index reveals an average attendance increase of 1.8% in North American parks, with many sectors at or close to pre-recession levels. The trend was generally positive. Both Universal and Disney parks reaped the rewards of substantial reinvestment, with outstanding new attractions in Orlando and Los Angeles. Orlando saw regional tourism grow by 10.5 and preliminary estimates indicate 8% in Los Angeles.”

“Despite the recession, European theme parks turned in a pretty strong performance in regard to attendance,” said David Camp, Vice President for AECOM in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. “In most cases, parks in Europe are back to where they were two years ago: The totals for 2008 and 2010 are about the same.”

Asia bounces back; Chinese tourism drives development

“The recession appears to be officially over in Asia,” reported Chris Yoshii, Global Director Economics Asia. “2010 was a solid bounce-back from ’09. China and South Korea exhibited the strongest growth, helped by a surge of visitors from mainland China.”

Disney parks in Asia prospered in 2010. “The attendance increase at Disney parks in Japan and Hong Kong (800,000 and 600,000 increase respectively) can be attributed to three things: increased tourism from China, aggressive marketing and new attractions,” said Chris Yoshii. “The growth of the middle class in Asia is phenomenal and will drive huge investments in theme parks in the coming decade.”

Ocean Park Hong Kong posted a record year in terms of attendance: 5.1 million visits, and Universal Studios Singapore, which held its grand opening in May 2011, tallied more than 2 million visits during its 9-month soft-open period in 2010.

Visitation totals for 2011 will likely suffer at the Tokyo Disney parks, which closed for one month due to the earthquake and subsequent disruptions in Fukushima.

Waterparks – growth, and room for more

In US waterparks, “Attendance at the top five declined somewhat, but overall attendance at the top 20 was up by over one million visitors,” said Brian Sands, Vice President, AICP, Economics at AECOM. “The largest portion of this increase was from the new Wet N’ Wild in Phoenix, Arizona, opened for its first full year in 2010.”

Theme park development in the Mideast is largely dormant with the exception of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, which opened in October and is the largest indoor theme park in the world. But two Dubai waterparks, Aquaventure and Wild Wadi, appear on the Top 20 Worldwide Waterparks list for 2010. “Waterparks are a natural leisure solution for a hot-weather region,” noted David Camp.

Waterparks in Asia also did well. In South Korea, Caribbean Bay at Everland posted a very good 2010 with a 20 percent uptick in attendance. “Jakarta is emerging as a new market, with a lot of interest in waterparks as well as theme parks and indoor attractions,” said Chris Yoshii.

Latin America & Mexico – Brazil leads

“The addition of Parque Mundo Aventura in Bogota, Columbia to the reporting list increased visitation by nearly one million for the top ten theme parks in Mexico-Latin America,” said Brian Sands. “However, Hopi Hari in Sao Paulo, Brazil, had the biggest increase among parks reporting in previous years, with close to 500,000 additional visitors, driven by a combination of the opening of several major new rides plus very strong economic growth in Brazil.”

Key Figures from the TEA/AECOM 2010 Theme Index – Calendar year 2010

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WanderTot: New Family Travel Blog Offers Tips on Travel with Kids & Cheap Family Vacations


Denver, CO (PRWEB) September 30, 2009

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