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Farewell’ish

IAAPA Chairmanship, check. Gavel is handed over to my successor, David Rosenberg. And I am now going to be history and fade into the oblivion of the IAAPA records. Sitting here, on the plane back to Copenhagen, it is a bit of a bittersweet feeling. On one hand I am incredibly tired, and look forward to gearing down, spending more times with my Liseberg colleagues, and focusing on one, instead of many, things. On the other, I am going to […]

Seasonality

This year, Liseberg turned 95 years old. A considerable age for sure, but still young compared to TIVOLI in Copenhagen, which is celebrating its 175th birthday. Both parks were originally built as temporary structures, not meant to last more than a few months. Instead, they have both stood the test of time and grown and evolved, becoming strong and more vibrant than ever.

The People Factor

I am a nerd. A theme park nerd. Proud and unapologetic. Like most enthusiasts, my fascination was sparked in relative isolation. Up until my early 20’, I really thought I was the only person in the world with this strange hobby. It was not until the emergence of the internet in the mid-nineties, I realized I was not alone. And this newfound world filled with theme park statistics, technical details and pictures took my interest to a whole new level.

Decision making in the 21st century

A few years ago, we bought land to begin an expansion at Liseberg. The park is landlocked, located in the middle of the city, so the development of this last available land, adjacent to the park, is crucial for the future of the company. There was no room for mistakes.

Stronger together

EAS 2018, check. Biggest show floor, check. Best attended EAS ever, check check! We have indeed come a long way. 17 years ago, in 2001 I travelled to Paris to attend the first ever Euro Amusement Show. I worked at TIVOLI in Copenhagen back then and told my boss I “had” to go to this “really” important industry event. It was in January. It was cold. We were in a tent. It rained. A lot. Inside the tent. But despite […]

Click Click Click

It’s Sunday afternoon. I’m doing my weekly shopping, sending a list to the grocery store, buying dog food (lots of it). Finally printing the label to return that sweater, that may have been a little … optimistic … from a size perspective.

Tell me why?

A few years ago, we set up a goal to be one of the best workplaces in Sweden. And we signed up with http://www.greatplacetowork.net/.

The long perspective

Yesterday I attended the Richtfest – the topping off ceremony – of the new Hotel Krønasår at Europa-Park. The hotel is the first phase of Europa-Park’s expansion. It will also include an indoor waterpark called, Rulantica.

Go East

Asian Attractions Expo 2018 – check. A great week. And, as always, it was intense. Interesting. Stimulating. And thought-provoking.

Seasonality and Peanut Butter Jelly Sandwiches

I am on my way back from Australia after having attended the annual AALARA (Australian Amusement Leisure & Recreation) conference.  It has been a long trip, but it was extremely interesting on so many levels.

Lead from the front

On the 15 of July 2008, at 5:32 PM our Liseberg team had one of the worst incidents in our almost 100-year history. A classic Huss Rainbow Ride crashed due to mechanical failure from construction. Seven people were hurt, the ride was taken out of operation, and a long legal process followed.

Familiar, yet unlike anything 

I have travelled to Japan for almost 20 years. My first experiences were because of my position at TIVOLI, as I was responsible for our sister park in Kurashiki. Over the years, I have gone to Japan less frequently, but each time it’s with the same great enthusiasm.

Change

LH810 Frankfurt – Gothenburg, Sunday morning. I’m drinking (bad) coffee, and trying to decide if I should pick-up the dogs first, or stop to buy milk as I’m driving home from airport. I am returning from a whirlwind trip to Orlando, after publicly announcing Paul Noland is leaving IAAPA and will soon be heading Accesso.

IP-fication

Monday: Billund, Denmark. Lego House. Amazing. Designed by BIG, I am not sure if it was a museum, a brand experience or a high-end FEC. I really don’t care. It was a fun and friendly place to hang out. And I fell even more in love with LEGO, after being immersed in the world of the brick.

Blurred lines

At long last, I’m heading home after spending a couple of weeks in Orlando. The trip was a bit longer than I had planned; sometimes weather and airlines just don’t agree with our best laid plans. However, I made the best of my extended stay. And I am now sitting here on an airplane with a MagicBand on my wrist, and a collection of wonderful memories in my mental luggage.

Disruption

Everyone is talking about disruption. Or rather, disruptive innovation, as defined by Clayton M. Christensen from the mid 90’ies and forward. He defined disruptive innovation as,

The What

Over the last couple of months I have been asked several times about what I want to achieve with the IAAPA Chairmanship. It’s a good question. And not quite uncomplicated to answer.

Connecting the bubbles

IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017, check. What a week. A good week. For IAAPA, not just a good week, but a great one. You can read more about the facts and figures here. And for me, a week I survived. I am tired. But most likely not half as tired, as all the IAAPA staff that made all this possible.

The why

Why will I be writing this blog, you may ask? The answer is quite simple. To share. I think I speak for everyone working as a volunteer for IAAPA, that being involved with the association is about making a positive difference. A difference for the association; a difference for our industry. And this involvement is, quite frankly, important.