Biannually, since 1980, the prestigious Liseberg Applause Award honors a park whose management, operations and creative accomplishments have inspired the industry with foresight, originality and sound business development.
The winner of the 2016 Applause Award is Busch Gardens Tampa.
“With a unique mix of world-class attractions, outstanding animal exhibits and strong seasonal events, Busch Gardens Tampa is not just one of the leading destination parks in North America, but also a favorite amongst Florida residents. Busch Gardens Tampa has through continuous re-investments, attention to guest value and a focus on employees as the primary source for long-term success, established itself as one of the beacons of the global attractions industry”, says Andreas Veilstrup Andersen, President and CEO, Liseberg Group and Chairman of The Applause Award Board of Governors.
The Applause Award was presented at the opening ceremony of IAAPA Attractions Expo 2016 in Orlando, Florida earlier this month. Park President Jim Dean accepted the award.
Previous winners of The Applause Award:
1980 Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, USA
1982 Opryland, USA
1986 Epcot Center, USA
1988 Knott´s Berry Farm, USA
1990 EuropaPark, Germany
1992 Efteling, the Netherlands
1994 Universal Studios, Florida, USA
1996 Cedar Point, USA
1998 Silver Dollar City, USA
2000 Hershey Park, USA
2002 Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, USA
2004 Holiday World & Splashing Safari, USA
2006 Universal´s Islands of Adventure, USA
2008 Xetulul, Guatemala
2010 Dollywood, USA
2012 Ocean Park, Hong Kong
2014 Puy du Fou, France
2016 Busch Gardens Tampa, USA
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