All 2020 Memberships are to be paid by the end of March for inclusion in the 2020 AALARA Member Directory and to receive ongoing Member benefits, Alerts and discounted Conference rates.
IAAPA POSTPONES IAAPA EXPO ASIA 2020 TO 2021 OVER GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) CONCERNS
ORLANDO, Fla., US (March 10, 2020) – IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, today announced the postponement of IAAPA Expo Asia 2020 to 2021 in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Expo was scheduled to take place 8-11 June in Macao, China, at the Venetian Macao. The 2021 event will take place in June. READ MORE
A MASSIVE THANK YOU & CONGRATS TO THESE 5 AALARA MEMBERS FOR BEING THE FIRST TO RENEW THEIR 2020 MEMBERSHIPS!
Royal Life Saving Society Australia
The Currumbin Wildlife Hospital is seeing a significant increase in animals coming through the hospital over the past year affected by the ongoing drought conditions or related to the bush fires. They are blessed to have a truly amazing bunch of vets, nurses and volunteers who help treat, rehabilitate and release these animals back into the wild. Here’s some interesting CWH facts:
- 2019 was the busiest year on record at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital. Total admissions for 2019 were 12,198, compared to 11,082 the previous year. This hospital is one of the busiest wildlife hospitals in the world and the busiest in Australia. There has been over 125,000 admissions in the hospital over the last 20 years.
- The CWH have two Wildlife Ambulances that assist in rescuing and releasing those sick and injured animals. The ambulances rescued over 1,500 animals, delivered over 500 animals back to the wild in their home range or to a foster carer and travelled over 70,000km!
- Koala admissions have increased drastically to nearly 600 in 2019 up from 27 in 2008.
- What an amazing team of volunteers at the wildlife hospital! In 2019 over 24,000 volunteer hours were worked over 5,076 shifts.
- The hospital received over 24,000 phone calls, and spent 928 hours on the phone assisting members of the public, veterinary practices and wildlife carers with their wildlife enquiries.
- There has been a 20% increase of admissions due to the severe drought and bushfire conditions and sadly, it is anticipated that this will continue to rise over the coming months.
THERE MUST BE SOMETHING IN THE WATER IN COFFS HARBOUR BECAUSE THE TEAM AT ALLEN’S HAS GONE BANANA!
The last 24 hours has seen Coffs Harbour’s iconic Big Banana covered in a rich, chocolate-like syrup to celebrate the launch of Allen’s new range: Mini Chocolate Bananas. Nom nom nom.
NO SPECTATORS TO ATTEND TOKYO OLYMPIC GAMES TORCH LIGHTING CEREMONY
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics torch lighting ceremony in Greece will be held without spectators after for the first time in more 35 years.
The move by Greece’s Olympic Committee has been introduced as part of increased measures to protect against the coronavirus.
UNDERWATER ‘REEFSUITES’ NOW WELCOMING GUESTS ON THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
The Great Barrier Reef is now home to Australia’s first underwater hotel with the Reefworld pontoon in the Whitsundays now welcoming guests.
PLANS REVEALED FOR 220-HECTARE GOLD COAST PARK
Gold Coast City Council has revealed early plans for a new park spanning an area of green open space roughly similar in size to Sydney’s Centennial Park and six times bigger than the Gold Coast’s Broadwater Parklands, that it says will be the most important public space in the city.
VIVATICKET BACKS STAGE QUEENSLAND’S 2020 CONFERENCES
With Stage Queensland’s 2020 Box Office and Marketing Network (BOMNet) Conference having having successfully concluded for another year, John Godwin, Managing Director at Vivaticket, has congratulated Stage Queensland for their work in bringing together the BOMNet conference, and the upcoming Stage Queensland Managers Conference.
LASERFORCE DOMINATES MARKET SHARE
Laserforce, the manufacturer of high quality commercial laser tag systems has completed a worldwide study of operating laser tag systems and new systems installations to discover that it is dominating in both sectors.
TOURISM LEADERS LOOK FOR FEDERAL RESCUE PACKAGE AMID CORONAVIRUS FEARS
Industry groups including the Australian Tourism Industry Council and Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) are calling on the Federal Government to provide more funding to help turnaround a calamitous drop in tourism numbers following the Coronavirus outbreak.