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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

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I'm truly excited to be working with this talented group of people Gus Antorcha

redevelopments

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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Attractions Management Issue 1 2019  

Attractions Management is the magazine and online community for decision-makers in the global attractions industry

Attractions Management Issue 1 2019  

Attractions Management is the magazine and online community for decision-makers in the global attractions industry