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Leisure industry heavyweights have raised concerns for the future after the UK voted to leave the European Union (EU) following the referendum on its membership. ... More
Merlin Entertainments has released its end of year results, showing generally robust earnings as pre-tax profits edged up 0.3 per cent, despite the immediate and ... More
Merlin Entertainments is lining up entry into the Indian attractions market, with plans for a Madame Tussauds to open in New Delhi in early 2017, ... More
Merlin Entertainments has appointed Rachel Yun Chiang, partner at multi-billion dollar Asian investment firm Pacific Alliance Group (PAG), to its board in a non-executive director ... More
Alton Towers is to cut around ten per cent of its work force following a drop in revenue in the wake of its serious Smiler ... More
The effects of the Chinese president's state visit to the UK continues to be felt within the domestic attractions industry as Merlin Entertainments revealed plans ... More
Merlin Entertainments has announced two additions to the under-development American Dream New Jersey mega mall, with the operator’s premier Sea Life Aquarium and Legoland Discovery ... More
After suggesting that the rollercoaster crash that seriously injured four people in June could affect profits by up to £50m (US$77.6m, €70m), Alton Towers operator ... More
Accesso Technology Group has signed a seven-year contract with Merlin Entertainments to become the sole provider of the group’s onsite ticketing solutions worldwide. Accesso’s next-generation ... More
Alton Towers has reopened six days after a horrific accident on the park’s Smiler left four people seriously injured. The park reopened at 10:00 GMT ... More
Following the incident at Alton Towers, which saw a carriage full of people crash into an empty one on the Smiler, four rollercoasters operated by ... More
Merlin Entertainments’ chief executive, Nick Varney, has said Alton Towers will remain closed until the cause of the Smiler accident that left 16 people injured ... More
Fitness On Demand
Fitness On Demand
Four people have been seriously injured in a collision between two carriages on Alton Towers’ Smiler rollercoaster. Sixteen people were on the carriage, the other, ... More
The building blocks are being put together in Nagoya, Japan, as construction work has started on the country’s first Legoland theme park. Merlin Entertainments CEO ... More
British efforts to court Chinese tourism through a major Shanghai business festival launched by Prince William are missing the point in terms of what needs ... More
Merlin Entertainments has announced it will be bringing a new 4D animated film based on the popular Lego Movie franchise to come exclusively to all ... More
George Osborne’s last Autumn Statement before the 2015 General Election brought good news for small businesses and the aviation industry, but calls for a VAT ... More
UK tourism leaders have cranked up the pressure on chancellor George Osborne to reduce industry VAT in his forthcoming Autumn Statement, producing figures that suggest ... More
Les Mills
Les Mills
Merlin Entertainments CEO Nick Varney has been announced as the successor to British Hospitality Association (BHA) chair Alan Parker when he steps down on 1 ... More
Merlin Entertainments has revealed detailed plans for Legoland Dubai, which will become the seventh Legoland when it opens in 2016 as part of an AED10bn ... More
Merlin Entertainments has announced a new commercial partnership with Coca-Cola, which will see the beverage giant become the new sponsor of the London Eye from ... More
Merlin Entertainments has posted its half year results through to 28 June 2014, marking a 10 per cent growth in operating profit compared to the ... More
In the wake of a new report which says cutting the value added tax (VAT) rate on visitor accommodation and attractions would massively boost the ... More
Tourism industry leaders, backed by MPs from all parties, have launched a concerted campaign for VAT on hotel accommodation and tourist attractions to be cut ... More
Merlin Entertainments has today (30 June) unveiled plans for a high-profile development in the world’s second biggest theme park market, with the launch of its ... More
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