Attractions Management - Merlin to open two new attractions in Oberhausen, Germany...
23 Nov 2014 Attractions Management: industry news and jobs
 
 
HOME
JOBS
NEWS
FEATURES
BLOG
PRODUCTS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION
PRINT SUBSCRIPTION
ADVERTISE
CONTACT US
Sign up for FREE ezine
Latest news

17 May 2012

Merlin to open two new attractions in Oberhausen, Germany
BY Tom Walker



Image: Merlin already operates a Sea Life at the site

Visitor attractions operator Merlin Entertainments will invest 15m euro (US$19m, £12m) in developing two new attractions at the CentrO mixed-used complex in Oberhausen, Germany.

Merlin already operates a Sea Life centre at the complex - Germany's largest shopping centre - but is now planning to open its first ever Ocean Adventure Park at the site, as well as a new Legoland Discovery Centre.

Both attractions are scheduled to open by April 2013 and Ocean Adventure Park will be built on the site of the old CentrO.Park amusement park, which closed in 2010. Merlin secured the management of the site in March 2011.

The new attraction will operate as an extension to Merlin's existing Sea Life aquarium, and according to Glenn Earlam, managing director of Merlin's Midway Attractions, will "take the marine experience to the next stage".

"This is a major investment for Merlin but one in which we have enormous confidence," Earlam said.

"Our creative colleagues in Merlin Magic Making have come up with some exceptional ideas for the new Ocean Adventure Park, which cannot fail to please."

He added that the location was perfect for Merlin to operate all three attractions.

"Our experience has shown that bringing together an exciting mix of retail, dining, and quality leisure attractions like these, creates a whole new element to a family day out, delivering significant incremental business to both the shopping centre, and to the area as a whole.

"We are particularly delighted to be so closely associated with CentrO Mall, which has all these elements. Such projects also play an important part in Merlin's future growth strategy for our 'midway' or indoor city centre attractions."

The Legoland Discovery Centre in Oberhausen - Merlin's eighth worldwide and second in Germany - will replace the one currently operating in Duisburg.

According to the Earlam, the move to Oberhausen offers many significant benefits - such as the ability to offer joint ticket offers and other special activities to encourage visitors to visit all three attractions.

For more details on Merlin and its brands, click here to visit the company website



Connect with
Attractions Management
Magazine:
View issue contents
Sign up:
Instant Alerts/zines

Print edition
 

News headlines
IAAPA 2014: Triotech wins big at IAAPA
IAAPA 2014: Triotech wins big at IAAPA   21 Nov 2014

Interactive dark ride company Triotech was celebrating at the IAAPA convention in Orlando, Florida, .... more>>
Herzog & de Meuron’s Paris skyscraper rejected
Herzog & de Meuron’s Paris skyscraper rejected   21 Nov 2014

Plans for Paris’ first skyscraper in 42 years were rejected on 17 November, following a ‘secret’ ballot. The ballot itself has been called in to .... more>>
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall reopens following refurbishment
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall reopens following refurbishment   21 Nov 2014

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, UK, welcomed back members of the public on 13 November following the completion of part of its £13.8m (US$21.5m, €17.3m) .... more>>
IAAPA 2014: Latin America set for attractions boom says new IAAPA chair
IAAPA 2014: Latin America set for attractions boom says new IAAPA chair   20 Nov 2014

New IAAPA chair Gerardo Arteaga has said that Latin America will become a "huge market" for the attractions middle class once the region stabilises. Arteaga, general manager of Fantasilandia in Santiago, Chile, was .... more>>
Company profile


Water Technology Inc

Water Technology Inc (WTI) is headquartered in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, and was established in 1983.

View full profile>>

Catalogue gallery


Featured Supplier

Pram innovation enhances family-friendly reputation

Pram innovation enhances family-friendly reputation

'Buggy Lock' is a new security system launched by safety and security specialists Cardea Solutions, offering family-friendly facilities a low-cost, easy-fit solution to prevent the growing problem of buggy theft. More>>




in this issue

• Sports Direct offer £5 gym memberships
• Third Space bought by Encore
• Tune Hotels outlines £200m UK expansion



Latest jobs




Conference Director
Salary: -
Location: Torquay, United Kingdom
Company: Global Geoparks Network
UK sales agent
Salary: Commission based
Location: Nationwide
Company: ROCAS & DESIGN
Field Services Engineer
Salary: Competitive
Location: Midlands, United Kingdom
Company: Mecca Bingo
Area Sales Manager - 12 month FTC
Salary: Competitive
Location: Regional, United Kingdom
Company: Grosvenor Casinos
Diary dates
Powered by leisurediary.com




10 Nov - 11 Dec 2014

SPAMEETING Middle East

St Regis Hotel, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


25 Nov 2014

SAPCA Technical Meeting

Loughborough University, Loughborough, United Kingdom



Attractions Management magazine 2014 issue 4
Attractions Management
2014 issue 4

View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
  Promotional Feature: Visitor Attraction EXPO
AN EVENT FOR THE UK ATTRACTIONS INDUSTRY BY THE UK ATTRACTIONS INDUSTRY More>>
  Multimedia: Art Project
State-of-the-art projectors and world-class artists combine to create inspiring installations More>>


Attractions Management magazine 2014 issue 3

Attractions Management
2014 issue 3

View issue contents
View turning pages
Download PDF
  On the cover…: Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook buys Oculus Rift and keeps the faith in VR Technology More>>
  Technology: Face Reality
As Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg buys Oculus VR and its Rift device, we look at how far VR has come, and ask whether it has a place in the attractions industry More>>


Published by The Leisure Media Company Ltd Portmill House, Portmill Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG5 1DJ. Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385 | Contact us | About us | © Cybertrek Ltd