Franz Mack, the German entrepreneur and founder of Europa-Park, the country’s largest themed resort, has passed away, aged 89.

Together with sons Roland and Jürgen, Franz was the driving force behind Europe-Park. In 2006, he was honoured by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions by being placed in the association’s Hall of Fame.

IAAPA honoured Franz as one of the "pioneers for the international success of leisure parks".