, (PressExposure) December 08, 2008 -- With the successful launch of its newest family attraction, the Ripleyâs Believe It or Not! Odditorium in London, Ripley Entertainment is more than half way through its aggressive two-year expansion program.
Despite the sharp downturn in the economy, London marked the eighth new attraction opened during 2008 for the quirky Orlando-based small attractions company. There are seven more attractions in various stages of planning and construction set to open during 2009.
More than 13 million visitors are expected to visit a Ripley attraction in 2008, according to Jim Pattison Jr., president of Ripley Entertainment Inc., who is leading the expansion charge. âOur style of family attractions are in great demand throughout the world,â Pattison notes. âWhen leisure attraction developers need something fresh and exciting for their market, they come to us. We have 12 very different and proven family brands of attractions that can work in just about any location in the world.â
By the end of 2009, there will be 75 Ripley attractions in 13 countries representing 12 different brands. New Ripleyâs Believe It or Not! Odditoriums are set for Veracruz, Mexico; Bahrain; Jeju Island, Korea; and Surfersâ Paradise in Australia. New Ripleyâs Marvelous Mirror Mazes will open adjacent to the Bahrain and Korea odditoriums and a Ripleyâs Laser Mazes will join the other Ripleyâs attractions in Bahrain and Grand Prairie, Texas. A Louis Tussaudâs Waxworks is set for Pattaya, Thailand.
The eight new attractions that have opened in 2008 are: Ripleyâs Believe It or Not! Odditoriums in San Antonio, Texas; Bangalore, India; and London, England. Ripleyâs Marvelous Mirror Mazes have opened in Gatlinburg, Tenn.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Bangalore, India; and London. A Louis Tussaudâs Wax Museum also opened this year in Bangalore, India.
Ripley Entertainment, the global authority on the weird, strange and bizarre, is also focusing on a significant commitment to major upgrades and renovation to its existing facilities, and continues to be vigilant of additional business prospects as well. âWhenever the economy shifts directions, new opportunities are always created and we will continue to be on the lookout for those,â Pattison adds.
In addition to its successful family attraction business, Ripley Entertainmentâs publishing division sells more than a million books a year; itâs Believe It or Not! television series is aired several times a week on the Biography Channel; a new TV series is in the planning stages; a major Hollywood movie is nearing production; and itâs licensing and franchise division has inked several major deals so far in 2008. http://www.ripleyentertainment.com
Contact: Tim OâBrien VP Communications Ripley Entertainment Inc. Obrien@ripleys.com
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