The TEA/AECOM Attraction Attendance Report identifies the top commercial theme parks and waterparks around the world and reflects their performance for the previous year. Global attendance data are broken down by geographic region, by chain and by type of venue. Published annually the report is produced jointly by the TEA (Themed Entertainment Association) and the Economics practice at AECOM, formerly Economics Research Associates (ERA)
Taken together, the numbers this year reflect an industry that is stable at its core and well equipped to survive, recover and continue its expansion into new markets as the world economy recovers. Surveying the globe, North America remains the epicenter of the amusement business with 12 of the top-25 attended parks in the world. Shifting east, although affected by the global downturn, Asia continues to be the foremost emerging market and promises strong growth well into the future. “China and key markets in Asia have a significant.
Selected findings from the report
- 185.6 million - total theme park attendance for top 25 worldwide parks, a decline of 0.2% from 2008
- 121.4 million - total visits to the top 20 parks in North America, a decline of 1.1% from 2008. Since 2005, attendance to the top 20 parks in North America has grown by 2.8%.
- 57.3 million - attendance for the top 20 European parks, level with 2008 numbers. Total attendance for top 20 parks has grown by 7.3% since 2005.
- 65.5 million - total visits to the top 10 Asian parks down 3.5% from 2008.For the new top 15 Asian parks, total attendance was 77.6 million in 2009, a decline of 2.9% compared to 2008.
- 12.3 million - attendance to top 10 parks in Mexico and Latin America up 1.3% from 2008.
- 20.7 million - top 20 worldwide waterparks attendance in 2009 – an increase of 2.1% from 2008.