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Pirates of the Cactus Waterpark Opens in Turkey


Cactus Hotels Group partnered with Polin to create a waterpark that lives up to patriarch's ideals of quality. Pirates of Cactus Waterpark opened in Bodrum, Turkey in June 2014. 

Turkish Waterpark Honors Father's Memory

Pride is a common emotion among those taking part in the inauguration of a new waterpark. After all, thousands of hours go into the financing, planning, organizing, building, landscaping, hiring and innumerable other aspects of preparing for a new park. As a result, those involved have many reasons to be proud of what their efforts have helped to achieve.

Despite such involvement, however, it is rare for those in attendance to speak with such emotion that they bring others to tears. But that was the case at the inauguration of the Pirates of the Cactus Waterpark in Bodrum, Turkey. The park was dedicated to the memory of Muhittin Unsal Tulbentci, a venerated veteran of Turkey's Tourism Sector and recipient of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey Superior Service Medal. Tulbentci died in 2012, and his family built the park in his memory. 

Special guests for an extra-special event

Owned by the Cactus Hotels Group (Istanbul, Turkey), the waterpark's inauguration took place in June and was attended by a variety of dignitaries, in addition to family members who oversee the business. Bodrum County Commissioner Recai Seymen joined Yalıkavak Ex-Mayor and Assemblyman Mustafa Saruhan, along with other local assemblymen and friends of of the Tulbentci family.

The Cactus Hotels Group made its first investment in the tourism industry in Gümüldür, Turkey, in 1992. Since then, it has opened a variety of other establishments in that city, as well as Bodrum, including 10 hotels and resorts. Now, Pirates of the Cactus Waterpark joins the group as a themed waterpark. 

Following in their father's footsteps

Daughters Ece Gurcay and Esra Demirci said they wanted to ensure that Pirates of the Cactus lived up to the ideals that their father set during his life. "Our family has always focused on working together to build a business that maintains the highest levels of customer service and satisfaction," Ece Gurcay said. "The large number of guests who return to our resorts is proof of our ability to provide what our guests demand."

Esra Demirci added that the company will continue to pursue its goal of elevating Turkish hotel management and tourism to the most innovative and modern levels. "We want to honor our father with attractions and offerings that make our company recognized as among the world's best. We know that if we keep this goal in mind, we will undoubtedly win the loyalty of even more guests in the future."

Those goals were one reason the family's business executives chose to work with Polin Waterparks to design, engineer, manufacture and install the new waterpark's waterslides and Futuraform Company for the wonderful theming.

"We were familiar with Polin's reputation for creating some of the most innovative waterslides and family rides," Esra Demirci said. "We knew that our father would have insisted on working with a company that maintained his same ideals." Plus, they said, they wanted to create the region's first themed waterpark, an area in which Polin is well-known for its expertise.

Attractions designed to delight and thrill

Located on 4,500 square meters (48,437 square feet), Pirates of the Cactus provides a range of aquatic attractions for all ages of family members. The waterpark features nine different slides, a children's pool, a swimming pool, a wave pool, pool games, aerobics, competitions and terraces for relaxing. All food and beverage is included in the park's entry fee.

Specifically, the park's aquatic attractions include:

  • BLACK HOLE. Black Hole is a part-open/part-closed slide in which guests enjoy Polin's Natural Light Effects technology as  water sluicing through the tubes interacts with sunlight to create a visual feast.
  • FLYING BOATS. This mid-speed beginner slide gives aquapark newbies a chance to test out their bravery.
  • WAVE SLIDE. This slide sends guests down a 10-meter (32-feet) thrill ride as they are entertained with starfish and wave decor.
  • NAVIGATOUR. The star of the park, the Navigatour resembles the largest Anaconda snake a guest will ever encounter as they slide along its breathtaking 135-meter (443-feet) path. Whether riding singly or with a friend, riders slip in and out of the light as they experience an amazing light show.
  • TUNNEL FREEFALL. Guests on the Tunnel Freefall experience a thrilling ride as they speed through the dark in this heart-pounding water attraction.
  • MULTISLIDE. Three guests at a time compete head-to-head on this thrill ride that allows the fastest to proclaim himself the winner at the end.
  • KAMIKAZE. While the speed of this slide will cause adrenaline levels to spike to their highest levels, guests on the ride will end in a soft splash upon arrival at the exit.
  • AQUATUBE. Riders of this attraction begin three stories high, sliding through transparent tubes along a 75-meter (246-foot) path to experience a ride unlike any other at the park.
  • BODY SLIDES. Suitable for both kids and adults, this classic slide gives guests a smooth and satisfying ride along its 75-meter (246-foot) ride.

Other Polin-designed attractions at the park include a Baby Octopus, Mini Pirate Ship, Mushroom, Dolphin, an AT 310 with a Pirate Theme and a SprayVille. 

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About Cactus Hotels Group 

The Cactus Hotels Group made its first investment in the tourism industry in Gümüldür, Turkey, in 1992. Since then, it has opened a variety of other establishments in that city, as well as Bodrum, including 10 hotels and resorts and Turkey's first-ever all-inclusive aquapark, Yali Castle Waterpark in 2008 at Gümüldür-İzmir. Now, Pirates of the Cactus joins the group. For more information, visit  http://piratesofthe.cactushotels.com/en/   

About Polin

Polin was founded in Istanbul in 1976, and has since grown into a leading company in the waterparks industry. Today Polin is one of the world leaders in the design, production, and installation of waterparks, waterslides & water play attractions. 2500 waterpark projects in more than 90 countries around the world have been completed by Polin, and Polin is the biggest waterslide supplier in Eurasia. Working with a wide variety of clients has helped Polin reach several milestones; including installing the first waterparks of many countries and many other award winning rides at parks with world-renowned reputations. Polin offers the industry's widest range of products, including signature rides such as the patented King Cobra, Magic Spheres, Spheres, Magi Cone and Space Shuttle.

Polin is the pioneer in the advancement and application of closed-molded manufacturing technology in waterslide development. First implemented in 2006, 100% of Polin's annual fiberglass production has been converted to resin transfer molding (RTM), and meets the industry's highest standards. Polin offers both bowl rides and family rides featuring RTM techniques. Polin also offers its unique and patented Natural Light Effect technology, Special Pattern Effects technology in RTM and translucent RTM waterslides. Polin is an ISO9001 certificate holder by TUV Germany since 2003, all Polin slides conform to European norms, all steel parts conform to international DIN standards, all designs conform to ASTM practices, and Polin is also CSEI approved for projects in China. Polin is the only waterslide company that holds a quality certificate for all of its waterslides by TUV, and was the 2012 Export Winner of Turkey in the SMSE Category. Polin has a high plant capacity with production in 3 existing plants in Turkey. The 4th facility will be open in 2014. Polin's team totals 500 people, with five offices throughout the world.

Polin is committed to providing the best-quality product and service by investing in continuous research and development. The company plans to further expand its L-RTM line while introducing new signature rides and innovations.For more information, visit www.polin.com.tr 

For additional information, contact Sohret Pakis at +90 262 656 64 67 or sohret.pakis@polin.com.tr. Please visit us at www.polin.com.tr for product information, news, events and other updates.     

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