Centre is shining example to Chinese

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A businessman successfully used a local heritage centre as an example when showing owners and managers how to develop a theme park in China.

Gary Rice runs Go Frontiers which provides training courses and translations and helps companies dealing with businesses in the fast-growing Chinese economy.

He recently returned from China after being approached by a consultancy advising on expanding the park at Hainan Island near the Vietnamese border, which has themes of tropical scenery and local heritage.

Before flying out Gary visited the DH Lawrence Heritage Centre at Durban House in Eastwood.

As well as the exhibitions, Gary noticed the centre focus on access for all, including facilities for the different visitor age groups, disabled people, buggies, and baby-changing.

He cited these as examples of good practice when giving presentations on the needs of visitors, including those from abroad, in planning developments.

“If one person cannot access places at the theme park because there is not proper access the whole family will reject it, so it is important to get it right,” he said.

“When I checked the DH Lawrence centre it had so many positive features about it, including the fact that it had won awards.”

The training Gary gave in Hainan was very successful, resulting in winning the long term training contract. The park is planning to develop the next phase, including hotels at a cost of millions of pounds, with the prospect of Go Frontiers giving more training to make staff ready for the next challenge.