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Thea Awards 2016


EA – the Themed Entertainment Association – recently presented its latest tributes to the creators and developers of compelling educational, cultural and entertaining places that exemplify the value of globally engaging themed entertainment and experience design. Guest editor Christine Kerr summarises the event, tributes and award-winning entries. In April 2016 – at Disneyland Resort in California – the 22st annual Thea Awards paid tribute to the organisations and individuals who work in the world of themed entertainment and experience design. Prior to the Thea Awards, the TEA Summit conference featured two days of presentations regarding the industry, and included a keynote from Keith James – recipient of the Buzz Price Thea Award for a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements – and an in-depth look at the history and success of the Thea Classic Award recipient San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Day two of the summit offered the Outstanding Achievement Award recipients an opportunity to give an overview of their projects, to speak about the creative process, and lessons learned, and to participate in a focused Q&A regarding their achievements. *Project descriptions have been edited from summaries written by the 2016 TEA Thea Awards Committee and originally published by the TEA in the 2016 Thea Awards Program.


Palm Cockatoo at San Diego Zoo – recipient of the Thea Classic Award

Attractions Management Handbook 2016-2017  
Attractions Management Handbook 2016-2017