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Antorcha to help SeaWorld reach 'full potential' SeaWorld's new CEO Gus
an attendance increase
Antorcha has said he plans to
of 1.8 million visitors and
help the organisation reach
earnings at US$401.3m
its "full potential", following
– a US$103.9m increase
several years of turmoil.
over the previous year.
Under his predecessor
With SeaWorld seemingly
Joel Manby, the company had
having stemmed the tide
been undergoing a dramatic
of its financial struggles
restructuring both behind
in recent years related to
the scenes and in its parks.
the Blackfish controversy,
This included introducing a
Antorcha says the company
five-point plan focused on
is looking forward: "Together
“Experiences That Matter” – an
the team and I have a clear
extensive rebranding effort
focus on continuing to improve
that included the elimination
execution, enhance the guest
of theatrical orca shows and
experience and grow revenue,
the promise that the operator’s
profitability and free cash flow.
current generation of orcas would be SeaWorld's last.
■■SeaWorld has increased its focus on 'experiences that matter'
"I'm truly excited to be working with this talented
These ongoing efforts are
group of people to enhance
slowly proving to be a success,
and accelerate these efforts
with the once-floundering
and help realise the full
organisation's end of year
potential of this business."
results for 2018 showing
I'm truly excited to be working with this talented group of people Gus Antorcha
AU$150m redevelopment for Sunshine Coast’s 'Big Pineapple' The Sunshine Coast's 'Big Pineapple' and its 170-hectare surrounds in Queensland, Australia, are to be transformed through a AU$150m (US$108.3m) redevelopment. Built in 1971, the 52ft-high (16m) heritage-listed tourist attraction – shaped like a giant pineapple – was designed by Peddle Thorp and Harvey, Paul Luff,
■■The Big Pineapple is a heritage-listed tourist attraction
and Gary Smallcombe and Associates. As part of the new development,
Work is projected to pump AU$90m into the Sunshine Coast’s economy kate Jones
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features will include a waterpark, an adventure precinct and a major
including a 120m zip line, and will take around a half a day to complete. "Work is projected to pump AU$90m
concert event space, as well as the
(US$65m) into the Sunshine Coast’s
Tree Tops Challenge. A high ropes and
economy and 800 construction jobs will
zip line course that is nearly complete.
be on offer," said Queensland's tourism
The Tree Tops Challenge will include
industry development minister Kate Jones.
around 120 activities for visitors,
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