Arihant, Author at Arihant Waterslides
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4 Ways Water Parks Can Boost Ancillary Revenue to Stay Successful

4 Ways Water Parks Can Boost Ancillary Revenue to Stay Successful

Waterparks, given their investments and fixed costs are always on the lookoutto find alternate streams of revenue to boost their profit margins.

Arihant Water Park – Milestone Achieved in 2020
Moving Away From Traditional Hotel Spaces With Water Play Structures

Moving Away From Traditional Hotel Spaces With Water Play Structures

We’re now in the 2020s.

We’ve left behind traditional mediums of standardized experience. As customers, we now exercise choices more than we ever did before—as customers, we customize experiences to our minutest preferences. It is the Experience Economy at play.

Fixed-schedule television is dead, music is mobile, and the tourism and travel industry no longer must conform to outdated modes of hospitality.

How has the Experience Economy Influenced the Travel Industry?

We’ve now learned that there is no “proper” way of handling and organizing a hotel’s spaces—fitting some age-old, cloistered model. Hotels now serve the new Experience Economy, always going out of their way to organize their spaces, at the behest of the customer.

These untapped spaces can and should be customized with a range of activities and functions. They can be made formal, informal, celebratory, and more. Are there more specific concepts though? We, at Arihant, have a few small-scale ideas, but we will come to that in a bit. First, we must understand the current context of the pandemic vis-a-vis the travel industry.

How has the COVID-19 Pandemic Influenced the Travel Industry?

The travel industry is the biggest beneficiary of the new Experience Economy. But the pandemic changed travel dynamics within the last year, diminishing the influx of customers and their options. However, it did result in one positive effect.

In the last year, there have been more people traveling locally and domestically. They are doing this to cut down on health risks and to avoid getting stuck in nations where public health mandates suddenly ban travel and where governments increase reservations on public activity.

As a result, domestic tourism has gotten a boost.

How can Domestic Tourism be Improved Further?

  • Families are now looking for hotels where each member of the family can enjoy themselves in a collective experience. As such, hotels need spaces that cater to all age groups, from 5 to 65.
  • Families also need to secure these experiences within healthy mandates for the pandemic’s range. Therefore, they might need to restrict their activities to the vicinity of the hotel itself.

These are all good reasons as to why water play structures can serve a large part of the target audience of hotels.

Arihant Water Slides has enabled this in several hotels around the globe, with unsurprisingly successful results. These interactive products liven up a hotel’s spaces, permitting guests the leeway to indulge their more playful whims. Water play structures work for kids, work for adults—they work for everyone.

How Water Play Structures in Hotels Are Changing Public Perception

Hotel guests are loving these progressive ideas.

Paul W, from Middlesbrough, United Kingdom, was impressed with the Arihant Water Slide facilities at the Jupiter Albuferia Hotel: “The water slides went down great with the kids and the pool was excellent. I wouldn’t hesitate to return again. The bar staff were so friendly and always smiling, a great 11-night stay.”

Jennifer, also from the United Kingdom, was quite flattering about the same, “The ambience of the hotel is nice and calm. Good facilities for children especially the water slides; my daughter loved it!”

Arihant has supplied its versatile product range all over the world. They come with an impressive breadth of engineering creativity, in scaled-up and scaled-down capacities. We also have injected adrenaline into the AquaShow Park Hotel, Quarteria, Portugal, with an adjacent water park chock-full with slides and Water Play Structures.

Of this hotel, one Ndael wrote,”The water park being just next door was brilliant. It was great having a few hours around the hotel pools then being able to ‘pop’ over to the water park for a couple of hours every day was brilliant.”

Tracy was also enamored with the idea of a water park accompanying a hotel: “The water park, which is very impressive, is right next door. It involves a short walk to get in but that is purely to do with the size of it. And once inside it wasn’t busy, but I believe in June, July, and August, it can be very busy—so remember this.”

Given the changing scene of the travel industry and the higher occupancy during shoulder seasons, hotels, and resorts all over the world might need to look into the potential of this flowing Imaginarium of fun and laughs.

 

Maintaining a Water Park During an Off-season
Keep Your Guests Coming Back for More: 5 Essentials for Creating a Thriving Water Park

Keep Your Guests Coming Back for More: 5 Essentials for Creating a Thriving Water Park

Water parks are considered as a destination location and serve as a major attraction for families. Many people are even willing to travel from different cities and countries to have a funfilled experience at water parks. This is because water parks are much more than just slides. They foster pure and unadulterated joy and offer people the opportunity to create unique memories that can be cherished for a lifetime.

Many hotel owners are realizing the value of water parks and catching up with the trend of adding slides to enhance consumer satisfaction, increase customer’s duration of stay, create differentiation and improve the preference rating of the hotel. Also, since water parks offer faster payback and additional experience, amusement parks have started to add their own water park sections.

If you are someone who is running a water park or planning to incorporate a thriving water park in your Hotel, then this blog is for you. We will have an in-depth look as to what it takes to enhance the guest experience, increase per cap spending, and run a successful water park.

Let’s get right to it, shall we!

1) Design For a Better Guest Experience

Creating an inviting environment that is comfortable, accommodating, and fun is the key to long terms success. You can create an atmosphere your guests would want to linger in by having an attractive mix of landscaping, exciting water rides, fun-filled water play structures, kid’s play area, shade areas, deck spaces, cabanas, and lounge stations.

For your rides and attractions, implement a well-thought design to ensure smooth entry and exit. A seamless entry and exit transition will eliminate the possibility of overcrowding and enhance the guest experience. There should be nothing between your guest and the ride experience!

We at Arihant can help you with macro as well as micro planning to enhance the guest experience. From where the entry begins, to how guests interact with the attractions, and how they are motivated to experience other areas once the attraction ends, we handle the minutest aspects of design through our hands-on park operating experience.

2) Strike a Balance Between Delight & Thrill

Before designing your park, it is important to know that different age groups prefer different thrills and delight levels. You must, therefore, judge your target demographic to evaluate the ideal attraction mix. Each guest is bound to experience peaks and troughs in energy levels throughout the day. Taking this factor into consideration, you must understand that more thrill doesn’t always mean a better experience and a better overall park. There needs to be a balance in activities that cater to the guest’s ‘relaxing’ moments as well.

To help you run a successful and thriving park, we at Arihant have developed a science of delight/thrill levels in attractions to compose a perfect balance in your water park. We have also dealt with 750+ projects across 59 Countries and have installed 3500+ products. What’s more, we have over 24 years of experience in running our own water park and have entertained over 5 million guests.

At this stage, we are talking from a plane of vast hands-on experience. From helping you create an in-depth feasibility study, to master planning and design, theme and concept development, installation and trials, after-sale service, and training academy for your staff, we take care of it all!

3) Help Your Guests Create Memories

When guests enter your water park, they are looking to move out of their everyday realities and step into a dream world. So offer them just that and help them create fun memories. You can do this by implementing the following sample ideas:

  • Design cozy places for photos
  • Have unique water play structures and attractive themes
  • Have a unique thrill and adventure offering water slides
  • Design and deploy mascots for kids engagement
  • Merchandising at strategic locations within the park (most preferably the exit)
  • Create shared experiences by hiring an event host who will conduct participation games, karaoke, etc.

At Arihant, we turn our client’s vision into reality by developing unique themes that help guests create cherished memories. For instance, a water park in South Asia wanted their guests to experience the thrill of racing through their aquatic structures. To align with their branding, we custom-designed their play structure into a visually appealing space that immerses guests into a highly engaging and visually appealing environment.

4) Install Food & Beverage Stalls at the Right Spots

The average time people spend enjoying attractions is 3.5 hours. By opening food and beverage stalls, your guests will find even more reasons to spend time in your park. Food and beverage stalls are also high on experience, high on revenue, and they serve as an attraction for a wide age group, making it a win-win situation for both your guests and your water park.

However, to create the best experience for your guests, you must ensure that the food and beverage outlets are at the right locations. For instance, lounging areas such as cocktail bars and snack stalls must be close to the wave pool. Also, it is best to have fast food retails situated near the kids’ area for parents to give their kids a yummy snack in between all the fun.

5) Leverage Technology

Today’s tech-savvy consumers don’t have the patience for slow service. When they enter your water park or wait in queues for rides, they expect a smooth entry system and information at their fingertips. This is where leveraging technology comes into play.

Have a mobile-optimized website and downloadable apps that provide rich media content. This way, guests can schedule their day before arrival, learn about rides and attractions, navigate the park through GPS mapping, and receive special offers.

Implement a QR code-based entry management system to improve queue management during entry. Provide your guests with RFID bands and cards to implement a cashless payment system for purchases within the park.

We hope you have gained some valuable insights from our blog. Feel free to connect with us, and our experienced team will assist you in building the ultimate water park that will entice your guests to come back, time and again!

Custom Water Play Attractions – Optimizing that limited space in your park!

Custom Water Play Attractions – Optimizing that limited space in your park!

Project Showcase: Adventure Landing, USA

The Adventure Landing is a group of amusement parks located in Florida, New York, North Carolina and Texas. Their first park was opened in Jacksonville Beach, Florida in 1995 and it was a success. The original park had a small pool with a master blaster slide passing over. The owners wanted to build a themed play structure in that limited space.

KEY CHALLENGES:

The key challenge  was SPACE! There was an existing water slide that passed above and across the swimming pool. The water play structure design was required to fit in the pool without interrupting the existing structure and to ensure the new water play structure complied with ASTM standards.

DESIGN APPROACH

Arihant utilized advanced slide simulation techniques to design a custom themed water play structure to retrofit into the available space without the need for any adjustments to the existing slide, pool or structures passing above the space. Theming and interactive features were designed and installed to enhance the appeal of the water play structure and to not interfere with the existing structures.

The park chose a pirate theme for the water play structure, a popular and appropriate theme for the area and was installed with great success.

Themed Water Attractions – The Next Big thing?

Themed Water Attractions – The Next Big thing?

Themed Water Attractions – The Next Big thing?

Latest trends to increase visitor traction

A successful waterpark is much more than a bunch of slides handpicked from a brochure and put together in a space. It takes meticulous planning and combining the right elements to give a flow to your visitors in order to make it memorable for them and profitable for park owners. A well-developed waterpark will truly raise the experience level and spending potential of the visitor and significantly add to any park’s bottom line!

So when designing a waterpark, the underlying focus of a park should be on differentiating itself from the other parks within the common catchment area. And how does one do that when the industry offers more or less the same 25-30 products portfolio for a certain region? In the age of Facebook/Insta Posts how do you ensure you park is uniquely recognized even when user doesn’t tag it? How do you make the experience memorable?

Well the key lies in Characterization and theming!

Storytelling is central to human existence, cognition and communication. We use stories to make sense of our world and to share that understanding with others. A study suggests, so powerful is our impulse to detect story patterns that we see them even when they’re not there. This is a universal phenomenon that personifies elements, events thus shaping memories. Its visualization!

So how does this personification and storytelling work towards shaping a successful park?

Themes for long have been known to create an atmosphere of another place and time. It gives a story to remember and registers at a faster pace with the visitors than a normal ride. Would Star Wars: Hyperspace Mountain Ride (formerly the Space Mountain Mission Ride) at Disneyland Paris, create the same impact had it not been for the planets and mystery of space that the ride took you through!

Story telling through theming gives your guests a chance to experience an attraction like never before through multi-sensory stimulation. You can forget a ride but not the experience and how it made you feel!

Keeping up with the trend, we at Arihant have a host of current best-selling products that speak story and theme to your guest. You can customize it to suit your park needs –

  • Plug N Play: A path-breaking concept where you could easily replace the theme on your water play structures. Easily re-theme the water play structure to keep surprising your guests. Bring your guests in back for a new feel in the new season
  • Treasure Ship: A multi-level lifelike and larger than life themed play structure! This is the perfect family themed slide play structure which has something for everyone.
  • Bay Series: Winner of ‘The Economic Times Polymer Award 2019’, this humongous slide is one of its kind 6 seater and amplifies the ride experience with a record breaking 8-10 oscillations
  • Themed Crusader: Winner of ‘The Economic Times Polymer Award 2020’, this giant takes its inspiration from the various natural elements incorporating it with the slide which takes the ride experience to another level. Themes with butterfly, Cobra, Leopard, Wave Surfer have been clients favorite

Arihant has always worked towards creating the clients vision into reality. For the same we have developed themes as per the clients brief, needs and positioning. To cite an example, a park in India wanted to create a feel of Heaven in their upcoming waterpark which is also named ‘’Heaven waterpark’’.  Based on our data, that the most time spent by visitors in a park is in a Waterplay structure, we overturned the entire play structure into a ‘’Heaven Lookalike’’ What followed was a process to create a visually appealing ‘Slice of Heaven’. Similarly, a park in Srilanka, wanted to bring in the speed and rush of Car Racing in the waterpark. Arihant, based on client’s requirement, designed a unique car racing themed Waterplay structure to address the client’s requirements.

Themed play structure
Heaven Waterpark
7 Helpful Waterpark Maintenance  Tips You Should Know!

7 Helpful Waterpark Maintenance Tips You Should Know!

Today most of the water park owners make it a point that their parks are well equipped with the latest slides and play structures and focus only on the safety. But often maintenance of these exciting slides is ignored by park operators which can invariantly decrease their return on investment.

Proper maintenance of your water park is the most vital element to extend the life of your water park equipment. Keeping a check of the slide maintenance with appropriate planning can prevent your equipment from losing their luster and patrons over time.

The best way to keep your slide looking great for years is to start protecting it from day one. Put together a schedule which includes details of ordering parts, organizing labor and planning out important dates for checks. This will allow you to stay organized and ensure that you don’t miss out on anything.

Here are some benefits of regular maintenance:

  • It increases the life expectancy of water park equipment
  • It reduces the repair costs over the years
  • It optimizes the operational overheads
  • It helps in increasing the return on investment by saving you money
  • It minimizes the chances of injury and poor park experience

Besides, cleaning all surfaces, pools, slides, or other equipment will ensure that slime doesn’t develop. This helps in keeping things clean, and also reduces the chances of accidental slips and subsequent injuries. Read further to know the easiest way to maintain your park. For a detailed free maintenance manual fill this form and we shall email it to you

To make it easier for you to maintain your water park, we have prepared the below list of tips:

  1. Remove Any Stagnant Water from the Lines

Since this one is easy to miss, we mention this first. It is also one of the most important maintenance tasks. Even after a lot of cleaning, condensation and seepage can aid the collection of stagnant water in the system. That’s why it is important to address this right away.

  1. Check the Chemicals in the Tank

It is vital to conduct quality testing and maintain chemical stability according to local health guidelines. This will minimize any nasty surprises that may come your way.

  1. Run a Systems Check

You must make sure that you run fresh water through all water park equipment before opening for park. And again, after making any repairs or adjustments, it is imperative to ensure that the flow remains consistent and meets equipment specifications. You should also attend to this task beforehand so you will have enough time to fix any problems and retest the system.

  1. Check for Leaks

Before and after the systems check, carefully inspect lines and joints for leaks. Be vigilant of any pooling or standing water near lines or equipment.

  1. Pressurize the Lines

Usually, the water you get from municipal sources has a higher pressure than required for your equipment. That’s why you must first transfer that water to balancing tanks and check if the flow control valves are working the way they are supposed to. And if they are offering the right operating pressure to later transfer to the slides.

  1. Conduct a Safety Check for all Water Toys

Keep a close eye on every piece of water park equipment and look for signs of wear and tear, holes, cracks, and chips on play surfaces. You should also check if all joints are tightened and if all water supply filters are free from debris or blockages.

  1. Check Electrical Systems

This is especially important as a problem with electrical systems can potentially electrocute someone. So, ensure that all electrical lines, control panels, connections, and surrounding areas are dry and other safety measures are in place.

We hope that these tips will prove useful the next time you do maintenance for your water park.

Crafting a successful waterpark

Crafting a successful waterpark

Is it a park with quality rides, high safety standards or great guest experience? At Arihant all of that is in our DNA! A successful waterpark is much more than a bunch of slides handpicked from a brochure and put together in a space. It takes meticulous planning and combining the right elements to give a flow to your visitors in order to make it memorable for them and profitable for park owners. A well-developed waterpark will truly raise the experience level and spending potential of the visitor and significantly add to any park’s bottom line!

Operating our own waterpark for 24 years has given us added insight into this business. These insights along with valuable feedback from our clients on visitor demands forms the basis of some of our slide designs helping us deliver industry leading ROI to the smart park investor.

Arihant has being developing parks that are not just pretty looking but are also commercially viable giving two-fold results to clients. In order to build a successful waterpark we encourage promoters to first ask themselves the ’Big 4’:

  1. Which age group does my audience fit into? – This will help you define the ride mix
  2. What is the expected turnout at the park? – This will help you optimize the design of waterpark and maximize the ROI
  3. What socio-economic category does my audience belong? – This will help you define the revenue projections
  4. What will attract my audience? – This will help you define the story for the park and weave a theme for slides

Parks are long term investment and efforts should circle towards sustaining the hype of the park. Hence while shortlisting a manufacturer for park slides, the 4 fold focus should be on quality, longevity of slides, Ride experience and Value for money. All of 4 aspects are crucial in ensuring higher returns for any park. The rides should encompass selection of fun and thrill slides in order to address the diverse set of customers.

The key difference between a bigger waterpark and a medium sized format is that in bigger waterpark there are clear designated sections for ride experiences for customer sets like thrill seekers, kids, family fun etc. While in small format a park strives to give the same in single confined space.

Of our experience and interactions with clients, we have also zeroed on certain slides that are must haves as per the size of the park. For e.g. a Waterplay structure and wave pool is a must in any park as it is a fun arena for all ages given the family oriented culture in Asia. For Typhoon Waterpark in Vietnam, Arihant supplied a 0.4 hectare (4046 sq. meters) wave pool as the park was spread across a huge space.

 

Adding to the difference in parks, Themes for long have been known to create an atmosphere of another place and time. It gives a story to remember and registers at a faster pace with the visitors than a normal ride. This personification and storytelling equally works towards shaping a successful park. Of our past data, current trends and client interactions, we have come to conclude that there is an aura around themes that no park visitor can ignore. The industry is shifting to characterization of attractions, including story telling. You can forget a ride but not the experience and how it made you feel!

 

Keeping up with the same notion, we have a host of current best-selling products that speak story and theme.

  • Plug N Play: A path-breaking concept to have multiple themes on one water play structures. Easily re-theme the water play structure at any time to keep surprising your guests. Bring your guests in back for a new feel in the new season
  • Treasure Ship: A multi-level lifelike and larger than life themed play structure! This is the perfect family themed slide play structure which has something for everyone.
  • Bay Series: Winner of ‘The Economic Times Polymer Award 2019’, this humongous slide is one of its kind 6 seater and amplifies the ride experience with 8-10 oscillations
  • Themed Crusader: Winner of ‘The Economic Times Polymer Award 2020’, this giant takes its inspiration from the various natural elements incorporating it with the slide which takes the ride experience to another level. Themes with butterfly, Cobra, Leopard, Wave Surfer have been clients favorite

Arihant has always worked towards creating the clients vision into reality. For the same we have developed themes as per the clients brief, needs and positioning. To cite an example, a park in India wanted to create a feel of Heaven in their upcoming waterpark which is also named ‘’Heaven waterpark’’.  Based on our data, that the most time spent by visitors in a park is in a Waterplay structure, we overturned the entire play structure into a ‘’Heaven Lookalike’’ What followed was a process to create a visually appealing ‘Slice of Heaven’

Similarly, a park in Srilanka, wanted to bring in the speed and rush of Car Racing in the waterpark. Arihant, based on client’s requirement, designed a unique car racing themed Waterplay structure to address the client’s requirements.

Saving on Wave Pool Power Consumption

Saving on Wave Pool Power Consumption

Spending time at a waterpark has become a popular activity for people across the globe. People prefer cooling off in wave pools and sliding down water slides when the weather heats up. But the immense crowds are limited to a certain season whereas rest of the seasons goes relatively easy for water parks

In such scenario rarely do we come across signs of energy efficiency or water conservation by water parks. It is very evident that not all months have the same traction of guests as compared to the peak season. But are the water parks optimizing the resources to save during the slack period? Are they cashing in on the slack season too?

As an example let’s look at how an efficient wave pool can help save almost half of the electricity costs of any water park

In peak season you have to run the wave pool at full power as the public demands it, but what about the slack season? Let’s assume that during the slack period there are around 150 people in the park out of which only 70-100 decide to join in your wave pool during scheduled time.  Do we start wave pool at full power? Definitely NO!

 Let’s see how this works.

Arihant water park equipment uses technology such that it enhances the usability of the equipments and saves big on the client’s electricity consumption with even if the equipments are partially operated.

Let’s assume that the wave pool is of 100 HP with 2 blowers. If the wave pool operates for 1 hour, below is how you can optimize the electricity consumption.

 

 

PEAK SEASON

 

SLACK SEASON

Wave pool specification

Data input

 

Wave pool specification

Data input

Blower (HP)

50

 

Blower (HP)

50

Blower Qty.

2

 

Blower Qty.

2

Compressor(HP)

7.5

 

Compressor(HP)

7.5

Comp. (Qty.)

1

 

Comp. (Qty.)

1

No. of blowers Running

2

 

No. of blowers Running

1

Total Wave pool (HP)

107.5

 

Total Wave pool (HP)

57.5

Total KW consumption

80.195

 

Total KW consumption

42.895

Cost /Unit ( Assume Rs12/unit)

12

 

Cost /Unit ( Assume Rs12/unit)

12

Weekly bill

6,736.38

 

Weekly bill

3,603.18

Monthly bill

28,870.20

 

Monthly bill

15,442.20

Annual bill

346,442.40

 

Annual bill

185,306.40

 

Cost saved (Total 47% of peak season)

1

Weekly

3,133.20

2

Monthly

13,428.00

3

Yearly

161,136.00

                                  *All figs in INR                                                            

Arihant’s wave pool system allows you to run the wave pool on a single blower efficiently. You can cut the cost to half for the same performance.

Now one may ask why not run the wave pool at half the power always? The answer to this is, that more the no. of people in the pool the more resistance to the wave generation. Hence if we run the wave pool at half power each time, it won’t be able to deliver the exact results and the guests will be left disappointed.
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