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The biggest challenge facing the attractions industry is a lack of operators

This blog, written by Kelly Herrick, originally featured on Blooloop. During 2019 I have spoken to numerous IPs, brand owners, retailers, estate owners, property developers and investors. They all want to develop their location based entertainment offers. In fact, some of these people are crying out for more leisure attractions and yet the lack of operators is putting a stop to this growth.

The changing face of theme park guests in 2020

The theme park and attraction industry has made a step-change in 2019. Exciting expansions to existing parks, new park investments in new countries and the ever-closing relationship of attractions within retail spaces has had a huge impact.

A tale of transformation at blooloopLIVE

Katapult were honoured to both sponsor and grace blooloopLIVE with our presence. A stellar line-up of speakers from the likes of Disney, Universal, Meow Wolf, The London Resort and Bompas & Parr took to the stage in London to deliver a key theme - transformation.

Creating a food future for everyone with the National Food Museum [Helping Hands Project 2019]

Earlier this year, the Museum of East Anglian Life was named the winner of our competition to find our ‘Helping Hands Project Partner’ for 2019. We were so intrigued by the ambition and foresight of the museum team that we couldn’t wait to work with them and help realise their vision of expanding into the ‘National Food Museum’.

Katapult serve up concepts for UK’s first National Food Museum

Derby-based themed attraction and experience design agency, Katapult, have partnered with the Museum of East Anglian Life to begin the museum’s transformation into a national visitor centre dedicated to food.

[IAAPA Expo 2019] Katapult at the biggest IAAPA Expo ever

IAAPA Expo 2019 was a blast! In a whirlwind week Katapult joined the 42,600 Attendees at the Global Attractions Industry’s Premier Event. From being part of the record-breaking Expo, to sparking conversations about new projects, let’s take a look at Katapult’s IAAPA Expo highlights...

A new day is dawning for retail and leisure [Katapult at MAPIC 2019]

For 2019 MAPIC introduced a Leisure Day for the first time. Katapult were there to learn the latest in retailtainment.

Top talking points from Family Attractions Expo 2019

We were once again part of the 18,000 strong crowd that attended the Family Attractions Expo in Birmingham, UK, this year. I had the privilege of attending numerous seminars given by industry leaders. Here’s the top talking points from Thursday’s speakers.

JOIN US AT IAAPA EXPO 2019

IAAPA Expo Orlando is just around the corner, and as ever we’ll be there! To meet up with the team click the links below...

Let’s make theme park queuing not suck!

Heading into a theme park is a thrilling experience, the anticipation of the adventures that lay ahead can be almost tangible with guests. However, it can often be countered by the realisation that the park is packed and most of the best attractions are shielded by an endless wall of like-minded guests waiting to ride.

Lunching and Learning in Paris [IAAPA Expo Europe 2019]

Now the hubbub of IAAPA Expo Europe has subsided we can look back on the key themes and learnings from the show. Kelly attended a couple of the Lunch & Learn events, one discussing the future for the French market and one exploring EMEA. Both were fascinating and showed opportunities for real development in their regions. Here’s what she took out of the seminars:

Who’s shaping the future of the theme park industry?

Nominations are still open for The Blooloop 50 until the Friday 20th September, and anyone in the industry can participate. The final top 50 will be announced in November after a shortlisting has been completed by the judging panel. Who will you nominate?

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