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Wet’n'Wild Sydney boosts Village Roadshow profits
The opening of the Wet'n'Wild Sydney waterpark boosted Village Roadshow profits by almost $6 million in its first few weeks of operation.
Village Roadshow's just published half year accounts show that more than 160,000 season passes were sold for the new Sydney waterpark prior to its opening on 12th December, generating $12.5 million in revenue.
Attendances at the new attraction have also exceeded the company's expectations, with more than 400,000 passing through the gates of the western Sydney water park up to the end of January.
In advance of opening, Village Roadshow had predicted a million visits a year.
Village's half year accounts showed that its Village Theme Parks division made a pre-tax profit of $5.8 million in the six months to 31st December.
However, $5.5 million in pre-opening costs, plus another $3 million in spending on the Theme Park Capital campaign (undertaken with Ardent Leisure and the Queensland Government) contributed to a 46% fall in the company's half year profit.
Overall, Village Roadshow made a profit of $18 million in the first six months of the 2013/14 financial year, down from $33.5 million in the same period a year earlier.
With the benefit of earnings from Wet'n'Wild Sydney in the second half of the financial year, the company expects its full year profit to be slightly higher than the previous year's $50.9 million.
Village Roadshow co-Chief Executive Robert Kirby said the early success of Wet'n'Wild Sydney also gave the company more confidence in its plans to build and manage theme parks throughout Asia.
In a statement, Kirby explained "the opening of Wet'n'Wild Sydney has been a huge success and will pave the way to our future growth prospects in China and South East Asia, demonstrating we have the skills and ability to not only manage, but also build, worldclass theme and water parks."
Village Roadshow also owns Gold Coast attractions Sea World, Warner Bros. Movie World, Wet'n'Wild Water World; cinemas in Australia, Singapore and the USA; and film distribution and production businesses.
13th January 2014 - SECURITY ISSUES BEHIND CANCELLATION OF WET’N'WILD SYDNEY’S NEW YEAR’S EVE EVENT
21st December 2014 - WET’N'WILD SYDNEY REACHES CAPACITY
7th November 2013 - VILLAGE ROADSHOW LOOKS TO RMIT TO DEVELOP INTERACTIVE THEME PARK TECHNOLOGY
23rd August 2013 - VILLAGE ROADSHOW REPORTS 50% RISE IN FULL YEAR PROFITS
6th February 2013 - VILLAGE THEME PARKS OFFERS FURTHER ENTRY DISCOUNTS FOR LOCAL MARKET
19th October 2012 - VILLAGE ANNOUNCES CHINESE THEME PARK DEAL
11th March 2012 - MASSIVE DISCOUNTS ON SUPER PASS COSTS AT VILLAGE ROADSHOW THEME PARKS
1st July 2010 - VILLAGE ROADSHOW THEME PARKS BRING BACK THE VIP PASS
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