Friday, June 24, 2011

Industry Suppliers Enjoying Asian Park Boom

It's actually been going on for a while now, but here's a current article that takes a look at the theme park boom that's going on in Asia.  According to the article, 15 different parks are currently being built in China alone - and others have recently opened elsewhere, such as Universal Studios Singapore (with their Battlestar Galactica coaster, seen above).

The current trend of opening new parks - and expanding current ones - has ride manufacturers salivating at the possibilities.  B&M, Intamin, Vekoma, Martin & Vleminckx, all are mentioned in the article as having seen an uptick in work in that segment of the world in recent years.

The amount of rides being built reminds me of the expansion that the U.S. saw in the later '90s, only there are a ton of brand new parks opening in Asia, filled with new contraptions by our favorite manufacturers.  There's already a handful of unique looking rides that have sprung up, with plenty more on the way. 

While North America's boom seems to have fizzled some for now, we can hope that the pendulum swings our way again soon!  Until then we'll just have to enviously follow all these Asian projects - I know I won't mind.