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How the Travel Industry Reaches the Heart—and Soul

    – By Jeannette Cooperman, Ph.D., writer & Mike Konzen, CEO   Virtual “live” music sustained us through lockdown, but as wonderful as those concerts were, the grids of musicians playing in their own homes felt a little hollow. What was missing was their ability to hear us; to know our response. No energy was bouncing back from the audience.   When you work in travel and tourism, you know that energy. A good hotelier,… Continue reading.

Why Our Minds and Bodies Crave Travel—and How That Will Bring Back the Industry

  – By Jeannette Cooperman, Ph.D., writer & Mike Konzen, CEO   If you’re part of the travel and tourism industry, you’ve been reeling these past two months. What if people just shelter at home, more or less, for the rest of their lives? What if they’re too frightened to ever venture to an unfamiliar… Continue reading.

PGAV’s Best of 2019

  The last year of the decade was a thrilling one for PGAV, with grand openings for our clients, big changes in our studio, and new insights from attraction guests around the world. Scroll onward to revisit the stories that were on our designers’ minds throughout the year!   Attraction Openings   The brand-new, 120,000… Continue reading.

Sensory Awareness: Creating Inclusive Experiences for Veterans

  – By Emily Howard, Vice President Today marks an important day in the United States – Veterans Day – when we honor all those who have bravely served our country. Throughout history, men and women in uniform have served the United States to enable us to pursue the lives we desire. As attraction designers,… Continue reading.

The Importance of Game Design

  – By Mark Jarman, Designer   I came to the world of themed entertainment just a few years ago after spending most of my career making video games and teaching college students about game design and production. One thing I discovered when I first arrived at PGAV Destinations was a nascent intuition that the… Continue reading.

How to Develop Color for Destinations: The Sun Does Shine Differently on All of Us

  – By Maura Murphy-Pusateri, Designer / Art Director   We are thrilled to introduce Designer / Art Director Maura Murphy-Pusateri! After engaging in fascinating studies across the world – Theater and English in Denver, Art History and Theater in London, Fine Arts in Chicago, and more – Maura can usually be found elbow-deep in… Continue reading.

Feel the Fall with These Fierce Attractions!

  It feels as though by adulthood, we have a handbook for how to celebrate autumn: fall foliage, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, trick-or-treating, over-sized scarves, Turkey Trots, and throwing out our backs raking leaves. One of these years, I’m going to make it to Punkin Chunkin. But there are some other great ways to Feel… Continue reading.

PGAV’s Top Ten Hidden Gems of Fall Travel

  The cool breezes are beginning to rustle through the trees once more, carrying faint smells of cinnamon, campfire smoke, and the naturally-dried potpourri of autumn harvest. With the winds come the rustle of broad tree leaves, followed by the gentle cascade of fiery oranges, reds, and yellows. Fall has returned. With warm memories of… Continue reading.

PGAV’s Top Ten Hidden Gems of Summer Travel

  The sun is shining, the kids are out from school, and it’s time to use those well-earned vacation days (more than ever) to hit the road and explore the country! With the prevalence of Yelp reviews, TripAdvisor reports, and your cousin’s never-ending social media feed, it can be hard to find any unturned rock… Continue reading.

When Your Project is on Life Support: Part 3 – Cage Match: Steel vs GFRP Rebar in Animal Habitat Construction

  – By Jedd Pellerin, project architect Details matter in the design of animal habitats. Even the details that guests will never see because they are buried in a four foot thick concrete slab. Rebar (or reinforcing bar) is a critical component of most modern, reinforced concrete construction. This includes the concrete walls and slabs that are… Continue reading.