This may be our official annual International issue, but really every issue has an international flavor. So much of the economic engine that is driving our themed attraction industry is happening overseas. New developers and designers are shaping attractions in Asia, Australia and South America. Thankfully, the stable of North American and European companies also are involved in this global attraction expansion. But it is an expansion that comes with challenges.
In this issue, we look to address some of those concerns (contracting and credits), provide institutional resources (TEA, IAAPA), and delve into the myriad of opportunities available around the globe, and not just in the expected hot spots.
Despite all the technology advances, I find it somewhat surprising that there is still an “analog” element at play here. Doing business in China, for example, is inordinately more complicated without boots on the ground in China. We’ve tapped into some key companies like FUNA and BRC to help explain what is required to be successful overseas.
Of course, the story doesn’t end here. As the market continues to grow, InPark will grow also, covering the international scene in every issue and online. Be sure to grab hard copies of the magazine at the IAAPA Asian Attractions Expo in Singapore and Noppen’s Theme Park Expansion Summit in Shanghai. And keep earning those frequent flier miles.