Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul. Photo on Wikimedia Commons

South Korea returns to lockdown after new spike

Museums, parks, and art galleries will all be closed again from Friday for two weeks, with authorities struggling to identify transmission routes South Korea has reimplemented strict lockdown measures in the capital Seoul following the biggest spike of new coronavirus infections in nearly two months. Museums, parks, and art galleries will all be closed again from Friday for two weeks, health minister Park Neung-hoo said. Companies are being urged to reintroduce flexible working hours among other measures. The move follows the biggest daily increase in coronavirus cases in 53 days,…

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Montage of artist impressions of Stockton town centre plans

Stockton’s public consultation calls for new leisure landscape

The Castlegate Shopping Centre and Swallow Hotel are set to be demolished as part of bold plans to tackle Stockton’s empty shops and open up the town to the river. Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council bought the buildings in September before seeking public views on a “once in a generation” opportunity to change the town. Plans are now being drawn-up after the consultation, which attracted around 1,000 responses, revealed strong public support for putting the site to a different use. “We had a massive response to our consultation on the next steps for Stockton…

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'Mystic Springs' at Six Flags' planned attraction in Qiddiya, KSA

Billion-dollar entertainment plans for Saudi Arabia

SEVEN Chief Executive Officer Bill Ernest is a man on a mission. The former Disney executive is charged with building at least one theme park as well as 20 family entertainment destinations and a network of 50 cinemas across Saudi Arabia. He’s got a multi-billion dollar budget to achieve it, but his deadline is tight: 2030. Bill Ernest, the CEO of Saudi Entertainment Ventures (SEVEN), talks to Blooloop about the company’s plans. The scale of SEVEN’s ambition is demonstrated by its internet domain name – entertainment.sa. This deliberately broad term reflects the scope of development…

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