Editorials

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Editorial: Flawed systems at work on The Smiler

Alton Towers is in an unprecedented third day of closure, following the worst accident in the theme park’s history. When the Smiler rollercoaster collided and seriously injured four guests on Tuesday, the whole country seemed…


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Editorial: Merlin’s wood gamble worth taking

Merlin Entertainments would appear to be finally taking the plunge and constructing a new wooden ride. All signs in the plans for Alton Towers’ next major addition point to a wooden rollercoaster being the park’s…


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Editorial: VAT cut campaign becoming desperate

Calls for the UK government to cut VAT on tourist attractions and hotels rooms are continuing to fall on deaf ears. Although the campaign has never gone away since it begin shortly after the Conservative…




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Editorial: Smoking bans mean nothing unenforced

A number of theme parks have now taken the populist approach of becoming ‘smoke free’, although the reality is somewhat different. Originating with the parks operated by Merlin Entertainments, smoking in queues has been ‘banned’…