Indian Association of Amusement Parks & Industries (IAAPI) urged Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India, to promote Indian Theme parks on their website: Ajay Sarin, president (IAAPI).
Mumbai, India: India experiences hot weather season primarily during April to June. India Meteorological Department on 31st March, in a press release has informed that the year 2015 was the third warmest on record since 1901. During the same season in 2016, warmer than normal temperatures are expected in all meteorological sub-divisions of the country.
So, Summer season is on, this is the hottest time in many parts of India when temperature crosses even 45 degrees. The weather is fast reaching boiling point but summer vacations for schools and colleges have just begun! On weekends and even in weekdays water parks can be a good place to cool down the heat.
For water parks in India, summer is the most busy period of the year, Ajay Sarin, president of Indian Association of Amusement Parks & Industries (IAAPI), explains that the length of this season may vary in different regions by several weeks or days. Like in North India the peak season for water parks is from May to June end, but for South India the season starts from 20th April and continues till 2nd week of June, whereas for Eastern part of India the season starts in April and prolong till June end. “Summer season is very important for the guest visiting to the water parks, due to high temperature of 45 degree, everyone want to enjoy and make them self cool. That’s the only source of outdoor entertainment for kids where they can play with their family / friends in water parks “ says Mr Sarin.
India has around 120 theme parks, with projects currently under development. In the past five to six years a lot has been spent by the new and existing players in Indian Theme park Industry. In 2009, Ernst & Young had predicted that Indian Theme Park industry will grow at 15-18 per cent CAGR year-on-year, sharing the business expectations for 2016 Mr Sarin said “2015 was very good season for majority of parks but there was big financial loss also due to implementation of service tax by the Government of India in June 2015. This year again parks are ready to attract huge guests and planned for new attractions in there parks and we are expecting lot of tourist also.”
Government of India has launched e-Tourist Visa on November 2014, till now the scheme has been extended to 113 countries at nine airports designated for providing e-Tourist visa service. The Government has also set a goal to achieve a level of 11.24 million Foreign Tourist Arrivals by the year 2016 -17. The Indian Amusement Parks industry is looking towards this new development as good opportunity for business.
“We thank to Tourism Ministry & External Affair Ministry for implementing the facility of providing ‘Visa on Arrival’ and our industry is definitely expecting large number of guests in there park but we need support from Ministry of Tourism, if they can promote our parks on their website. We already have given our representation to the ministry of tourism of all states. We have got good opportunity and we trying to catch this opportunity by way of doing more publicity in newspaper, magazine and through travel agents” communicates Mr Sarin.
Water is recycled in water parks to avoid the wastage of water still drought has affected water park industry, speaking about the Mechanical process like water recycling methods that parks have adopted to deal with this situation Mr Sarin explained “ The filters installed for such activities are back washed minimum once in a day and maximum thrice in a day(depending upon footfall). 95% of water is recovered after treatment through effluent treatment plant, only 5% of water goes waste. Further, in most of water/amusement parks sewage treatment plants(STP) are installed and the sewage generated from toilets goes for the treatment in STP and the water @95% is treated and the treated water used in grass/trees/flowers etc.”
In Summer season water parks in India have lot of offers, Water Kingdom, Adlabs Imagica, Appu Ghar, Nicco Parks and Resorts and Shanku’s Water World Resort shared their summer season offers for guests who want to enjoy rides, water slides and pools in a budget that suits their pocket.
Water Kingdom, Mumbai:
Water Kingdom, Asia’s largest theme water park is celebrating its 18th Anniversary announcing a 7 weekends of power pack Bollywood Concert with the best of Celebrity Bollywood DJ, along with other exciting activities. This is the BEST & BIGGEST sundown party ever.
Water Kingdom has been enchanting patrons for 18 years with summer specials and back-to-back concerts. This year’s anniversary celebration will yet again bring back the ONLY water park music concert summer celebrations on every summer weekend, starting 23rd April through 5th June.
Be ready to get enthralled by the electrifying music mixed by some of the India’s top rated DJs such as DJ Aqeel, DJ Akhtar, DJ Notorious, DJ Ramji,DJ Akbar Sami, DJ Nasah, DJ Rink, DJ Paroma, DJ Ashrafi, DJ Shireen, DJ Pratik and DJ Pravin Nair every weekend starting 23rd April right upto 5th June 2016.
DJ Aqeel, renowned Bollywood DJ will kick start the anniversary bonanza by playing top music tracks on 24th April 2016. The highly acclaimed DJ will set the stage on fire and woo the audience with his amazing foot tapping music.
As part of the celebration 50 Harley Davidson riders of Seven Islands Harley Owners Group will ride to the water park this Sunday 24th April to beat the summer heat. These are extremely passionate motorcycle’s enthusiast who own Harley-Davidson Motorcycles ranging 4.5 lacs – 50.5 lacs and enjoy weekend rides on regular basis to exotic locations. Harley Davidson bikes will be on display at the Wave pool area for the guests.
Water Kingdom houses various restaurants and food kiosks to suit the taste buds of guests. Food Wharf (Veg) for Burgers, Rolls, Wraps, Biriyanis; Taipan Chinese restaurant; Hunger Thrill for Gujarati Thali, chaat, & fast food items; Ohh Mumbai for Mumbai food specialties; Kebab corner, Domino’s Pizza and many more food outlets.
Commenting on the celebrations, Shirish Deshpande, CEO, Pan India Paryatan Pvt. Ltd. said, “It gives me immense pleasure to organize Water Kingdom’s 18th Anniversary on such a large scale. The Bollywood DJs bonanza will surely be an enthralling experience to all the visitors. We are confident of continuing many such events in future considering the sense of delight witnessed by all our guests in these years. Our patrons have tagged Water Kingdom as the most entertaining family destination, and this motivates us to host many such magnificent events.”
With 11 exciting water rides and Attractions Adlabs Entertainment Limited has created Adlabs Imagica an ‘all weather entertainment destination’ that provides unique experiences to its guests. Located conveniently off the Mumbai-Pune Express Highway, Imagica Snow Park is just a happy drive away from Mumbai and Pune. You can also reach the snow park by bus from Mumbai and Pune. There are local trains from Mumbai to Khopoli, and free shuttle services from Khopoli to the park every day at 10am. Imagica is a project of Adlabs Entertainment Limited (AEL), promoted by Mr. Manmohan Shetty. Imagica is one of India’s leading holiday destinations and offers a gamut of interesting experiences in one place through its theme park, water park, snow park and hotel. The group has assembled an experienced team for development and implementation of the projects. With Imagica,
Speaking about parks summer season offers and attraction Kapil Bagla, Director &CEO, Adlabs Entertainment Ltd said “Summer season is an exciting time to cool off at Imagica Water Park and beat the heat. With rides of Bahamas and Dubai standards, our one-of-a-kind water park ensures an international experience for guests without the need to travel overseas. Along with exciting rides and attractions at this Mykonos themed Water Park, we also have an array of celebrity DJs performing live every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, playing the best tunes of EDM, Hip-hop, Electronic and Bollywood.”
Imagica has just added a Snow Park, built over an area of 30,000 sq. ft. with 100%natural snow, the snow park, is a joint venture with Acme Entertainment, boasts of real snowfall and sub-zero temperatures as well as a 50 foot tall snow dome.
Adlabs Imagica has also added a new attraction in water park for families and kids, “Imagica Water Park was launched less than 2 years also to bring an international standard experience to India. From plummeting the rider through a 39 feet vertical free-fall drop in the Loopy Woopy, to a Swirl Whirl which takes the rider through a thrilling series of twists and turns, there’s a different experience in each of our attractions. The Screamer shakes riders up with a series of twists, turns and oscillations, while Zip Zap Zoom is a high-speed mat racer that sends riders through enclosed looping Aqua Tubes. We have also recently added a ‘Kiddie Pond’ to our Water Park, to give an additional option for families and kids to enjoy themselves” added Mr. Bagla.
Apart from thrilling rides the Guests in Adlabs Imagica also have a big food court that serves a verity of cuisines to the guests for summer season “Imagica Water Park has an array of Entrees, Mains and Desserts from cuisine across the globe with unique signature dining options. Ammos is the bustling food court of the park for guests to pick from an array of delicious dishes, including Jain meal options. Sunbeatz Pizzeria &amp;amp; Bar is the poolside restaurant where you can feast on oven fresh pizzas or lip-smacking Lebanese snacks, while sipping on cocktails or beer.
The Red Bonnet Express, overlooking the hills, is another outlet of our popular Red Bonnet Diner at Imagica Theme Park and serves the spirit of classic grunge American food in your plate, with kids and picnic meals available as an option. There are also convenient Food Booths offering quick bites to full-service meal dining; perfect for every taste and budget!” explained Mr. Bagla
Appu Ghar: Oysters Beach Park and Worlds of Wonder Water Park: Delhi, NCR
India’s first Amusement Park “Appu Ghar” in Noida, is owned by International Amusement Ltd , Robin Vijeshwar Managing Director, IAL, briefed about Summer activities in his park.
With Worlds of Wonder water park in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, Appu Ghar has also launched Oysters Beach in April 15, at Entertainment District, Sector 29, Gurgaon.
“Oysters Beach our latest offering provides an incredibly electrifying experience for that otherwise mundane buzz of life. It is a destination to take the edge off a hot summer day with a dip in the pool, indulging in an unforgettable mini-vacation, which brings to you the finest adventure activities coupled with an overwhelming assortment of music, dance and masti. Our Motto of – “Heat is Fun & Our Friend” permeates into each engagement we have planned for our guests. From MoB (Music on the Beach) to unconventional sports, from Food Festivals to Relaxing Spa, from lying on the beach to Lazying in Luxurious Cabanas, we have something new this summer for all age groups.” said Mr Vijeshwar.
Appu Ghar” converge its energies in engaging people through a variety of entertainment experiences; either through their engrossment programs or via strategic partnership with world class edutainment and entertainment brands.
Mr Vijeshwar says “We at Appu Ghar do not isolate products but see it has a common social gathering space with engaging activities around it. We shall continue our MOB(Music on the Beach) festival with more local and international artist. Our parks have new rides thus it shall have a makeover in due course. Our food menu also stems from festivals we are hosting and that allows for fresh design and epicurious creativity for both our guests and our chefs. ”
The water rides at Worlds of Wonder and Oysters Beach are world-class and the property can boast strong competition to worldwide known water parks. For people in Delhi, NCR- there is nothing that beats the summer heat better than these two Water Park. Operating in a well spread land, both Water Parks gives their guests a much spacious and a relaxing ambience.
Highlights of Worlds of Wonder:
Worlds of Wonder has rides such as Turbo Tunnel, Rapid and Free Fall can give that adrenaline a high rush. Other rides such as Boomerango, Raft Ride, Rip Curl and Rip Tide can make you feel pure joy. If you like the tunnel experience, you would thoroughly enjoy the ride, Splash Safari operational at Worlds of Wonder.
The ride takes you through a swirl of tunnels. For the ones who like to enjoy the moving water sitting relaxingly in a tube- can enjoy the benefit of the long lazy river. One of the star attractions at the Water Park is Wave Pool. Delhi might be missing a beach but the pleasure of being at a beach can very well be attained at Wave Pool. All-in-all, Water Park promises fun, joy, family boning and a great time. The Pool Bar also gives you a relaxing place, where you can simply sit in water and enjoy some refreshing drinks and snacks.
Worlds of Wonder is not only a children favorite place but with rides such as Mega Disco, Big Beat, Rockin’ Roller, and Aforementioned Turbo Tunnel, Rapid and Rip Curl, it is one of the top favourite places for adults as well.
Highlights of Oysters Beach:
Thrilling Rides: If you wish to do something challenging, try – The Skyfall (Tallest Ride in India) and OMG (Oh My Gurgaon), a dare we love you to fulfill. Other rides like Rapid Racer, Lazy & Crazy River, Typhoon Tunnel, Float Slides and Pirate Station make for a perfect family or friends outing.
A Shore Thing: Relax in the artificial sea waves or the loungers next to it. The whole place is designed specifically to give you a feel of a real beach.
Soothe Your Mind & Body: Apart from a plethora of activities, we also have a rejuvenation centre where you could head for a spa and relax in peace without needlessly spending time on changing clothing.
Beach Style X-Box: Satiate your gaming desires with the 9-D interactive gaming cinema plus a kidz zone which promises to chaperon nostalgia to Gen X & Gen Y.
A ‘Zaika’ for Every Taste Bud: The hunger pangs come on easy when there is so much of physical engagement. No sweat, because at Oysters we have a wide array of cuisines in the offing. The Food Court, which has 4 multi-specialty restaurants like Southern Bay, Aroma Coast, Tidal Tadka and Langkawi Bay offer South Indian, Italian, North Indian and Oriental Cuisines respectively. If you are still looking for something more, we have a under the wave Low Tide restaurant serving world cuisine and tantalizing mocktails.
A Mélange of Ecstasy: Apart from the regular doze of wellness, at Oysters Beach Park we have planned engaging weekend games to keep you entertained. Friday starts with families competing with each other in sports like beach Volley Ball, Zoccer, Tug of War, while Saturday is dedicated to gastronomic needs with a Food Fiesta special in the offering. Sundays, are even bigger and better with live Celebrity Artist performances to keep the party rolling.
Cabanas: The concept of Gampling or Glamorous camping is relatively new to Indian amusement/water parks, but we at Oysters Beach Park are a step ahead. We have meticulously incorporated a personal space that looks after your needs of privacy. You could chill, play or even take a nap in a space to yourself while watching the massive park from a strategic location. Our tailored concierge service is just a snap away for our esteemed guests.
Nicco Parks and Resorts: Kolkata, West Bengal
Nicco Parks and Resorts Limited(NPRL) is located in Salt Lake City, Kolkata. Opened on October 1991, the park is operates 10 hours a day throughout the year. It has also received international certifications for ISO-14001 for environment management –the first time in India, OSHAS-18000 for safety management- first time in Asia, and SA-8000 social accountability certificate for the first time in the world.
NPRL’s aim and objective is to provide educational entertainment and complete recreation for the entire family. Speaking about the ongoing summer season offers Abhijit Dutta, Managing Director & CEO, Nicco Parks and Resorts Limited said “We are distributing hand bills offering 40% Discount to schools, colleges and at various other important locations in the city. There are currently 10 hoardings at very important locations of the city of which the design is attached herewith. We are also having a joint-promo with one the leading print media – local newspaper. We are also promoting our loyal annual “Passport” card wherein one pays only Rs.950.00 per head to enter the Water Park 365 days. ”
The 40 acre park has more than 35 different attractions, speaking about new attractions in park Mr. Dutta added “Nicco Park had launched its new attraction on the 4th. March named as “PIRATE BAY” – a 10-Platform Multi-Play Complex on a 10000sq.ft. pool with 06 Water Slides – gentle small ones for children and more thrilling ones for teenagers & adults. With clean& hygienic world class standard water quality and the new attraction besides the other water park facilities like the Wave Pool, Niagara Falls, Tube Slide, Wave Runner, Body Slide, Family Swirl Ride, Rain Dance and Kiddies Pool; we are already getting good number of patrons.”
The park has international standard indoor sports complex which has bowling, pool and air hockey. The food court serves a variety of cuisines and leading restaurants of Kolkata have outlets there. “We are serving loads of varieties of food items – Burgers, Sandwiches, South Indian Food items, North Indian Delicacies, Chinese Food Items, Indian Cooling Chaats besides the usual varieties of Kwality Ice Cream including the most liked all ranges of Magnum Ice Cream. Chilled Pepsi, Energy Drink and Packaged Drinking Water are available in abundance ” concluded Mr. Dutta.
Enjoy an open water discotheque at , Shanku’s Water World Resort: Mehsana – Gujarat
Shanku’s Water World Resort is located in Mehsana – Gujarat, Shanku a unique water park for fun and adventure for all ages, at this park you can subscribe to cool relief on a summer day, that combines with thrills of an amusement park, Shanku’s came into existence on November 1993. It Consists of 37 rides, With dozens of slick attractions, from towering slides and twisting rides to Aqua Tubes and rollicking wave pools.
Now the park have upgraded some of their existing rides and have planned to expand and install new rides in the coming years. It also offers picnic spots, plenty of lounge chairs, locker rentals and food service. Speaking about summer offers CEO of Shanku’s Water World Resort Anand Chaudhary said “We provide many attractive facilities to our guests such as Water dj where one can enjoy the coolness of the water along with the music, we have Wet Disco which is a semi open water discotheque, we have distinct water rides for the infants and children, we have adventure rides for youths and adults which includes racing slides, loop rides and boat rides”
The memories at the resort are made more memorable by serving exotic food, “Cascade” is the air-conditioned restaurant serving multi cuisine vegetarian dishes such as Punjabi, Chinese and Continental along with traditional cuisine like Kathiawadi, Rajasthani and Gujarati to groups on request. Also, ‘Snack Charmer’ , the poolside Coffee shop serves snacks round the clock and ‘Fun & Food’ the highway restaurant serves delicious South Indian and Punjabi dishes. “We surely believe that food plays an important role in the characterization of any theme park, so we provide a variety of cuisines namely Indian, continental, Confectionery items. We also have fruit juice and water refreshment counters at certain junctures in our park” explained Mr Chaudhary.
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