Archive For February, 2020

Eleventh annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson set for Thursday, June 18, 2020

By | February 27, 2020

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Registration for the 2020 World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (#WLSL2020) is officially open. This year’s event will take place Thursday, June 18, 2020. Organizers are urging aquatic facilities of all types to utilize the global, one-day event to increase awareness about the importance of learning to swim in their local communities.  The worldwide […]

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COVID 19 (coronavirus) Information from the IAFE

By | February 27, 2020

Everyone is vitally aware of the COVID 19 (coronavirus), which is of very serious concern across the globe. We do not intend to supplant any information you are and should be receiving via the WHO and CDC or the health authorities governing your jurisdiction. We do want to make you aware that as an Association, we are closely […]

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SeaWorld Orlando places final track piece for Ice Breaker

By | February 27, 2020

BALTIMORE, Md. — The message from SeaWorld Orlando was music to the ears of coaster enthusiasts across the country: “Ice Breaker is on track to launch this Spring… literally.” With those words, the final track section and the first train were installed early this week at SeaWorld Orlando.  Not only is Ice Breaker SeaWorld Orlando’s […]

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Pioneer Vending scores monster increase with Intercard technology

By | February 26, 2020

ST. LOUIS — Pioneer Vending of Cincinnati, a leading route operator since 1909, recently installed its first Intercard cashless system at the Hueston Woods Family Resort in Ohio. Pioneer owner Luke Adams reports that, after changing over from tokens to the new system, revenue jumped 400% in the first week. “The first couple of weeks […]

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Sumba’s CEO to speak during IATP EU on Tour 2020

By | February 26, 2020

MANCHESTER, U.K. and BARCELONA, Spain —The International Association of Trampoline Parks (IATP) has announced their seminar series for the 2020 IATP EU on Tour. On April 22, 2020 (Manchester, UK) and April 24, 2020 (Barcelona, Spain), trampoline and adventure park owners and operators can attend “How Good Is Your Defense: Can Your Daily Operations and Inspection Practices […]

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New magic show, 3-D Fireworks, ‘Yacht Rock’ party among Quassy events

By | February 25, 2020

MIDDLEBURY, Conn. — Step right up and see the magic and comedy show this season at Quassy Amusement & Waterpark’s Carousel Theatre here. “We’ll be doing a new show with a circus theme this year,” Jim Sisti, the park’s resident magician revealed as he and his wife, Sandy, were preparing the production to mark their […]

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SeaWorld unveils ‘Emperor’ car for the first time and provides media with ride details

By | February 25, 2020

SeaWorld San Diego provided a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at some of the exciting features of the park’s new dive coaster, Emperor, and unveiled one of the ride cars for the first time.  Emperor is a floorless dive coaster and will, in fact, be the tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster on the West Coast, as […]

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Valleyfair earns iROC Audit Excellence Award for second year

By | February 25, 2020

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — Valleyfair has won the International Ride Operator Certification Audit Excellence Award for the second year in a row. International Ride Training (IRT) announced the 2019 iROC Audit Excellence Award winners, and Valleyfair ranked among the top five parks. The ride operators at these parks demonstrated the highest level of performance in safety, professionalism, and […]

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LEGOLAND California Resort Names Kurt Stocks new general manager

By | February 25, 2020

CARLSBAD, Calif. — LEGOLAND California Resort names Kurt Stocks new General Manager of the family theme park built for kids. Stocks joins LEGOLAND California from LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort where he served in the same position. Stocks succeeds Peter Ronchetti, who recently retired after serving 11 successful years at LEGOLAND California Resort where he led the openings of […]

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The Trump Administration weighs release of additional visas per provisions OABA advocated for in the FY20 Appropriations Bill

By | February 24, 2020

In the FY20 Appropriations Conference Report, OABA advocated for a provision that granted DHS authority to release up to an additional 64,716 H-2B visas in FY2020 if the demand exceeds the current supply of 66,000.  This is the same language that we have operated under in the last three fiscal years.  In FY17 and FY18, […]

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