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Six Flags will soon be joining the 60+ theme parks under development in China, after the company signed a strategic partnership with a Chinese real estate developer to build multiple Six Flags-branded parks over the next decade. Details of the partnership


were not disclosed, however the company said it will receive royalties or licensing revenue from the theme parks using the Six Flags brand, and will also send out a team to supervise construction and operation of the site to ensure that appro- priate standards are maintained. The deal with the Riverside Investment Group (RIG) –


which currently has more than US$3.5bn (€2.6bn, £2bn) in assets under management and more than 300 acquisitions –


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to Dubai in 2017, as part of a strategy to expand the park’s brand without the capital cost of building new parks abroad. “Our international expansion


The Six Flags brand is on its way to the lively Chinese market


comes just months after a deal between Six Flags and Meraas Leisure and Entertainment to bring a Six Flags theme park


strategy is focused on finding the right partners in the right markets, and Riverside Investment Group will be the perfect strategic partner for us in China,” said Jim Reid-An- derson, president and CEO of Six Flags, in a statement. Outside of the US – where the company has 16 theme parks – Six Flags currently owns one theme park in Mexico and another in Canada, while Asia looks set to be a growing market. More: http://lei.sr?a=q9h6w


Major attractions resort mooted near KL airport


Plans have been revealed to convert former oil palm plantations surrounding Kuala Lumpur International Airport’s main terminal into attractions such as theme parks, concert halls and golf courses, in an effort to bring in additional tourists. Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB)


has 90sq km (34.7sq m) of land in Sepang, where both the airport and Malaysia’s current Formula One race track – the Sepang International Circuit – are located. Future developments for the area dubbed


KLIA Aeropolis include a 500 acre as-yet unnamed theme park, in addition to 100 acres of land for offices, plus hotels, restau- rants and a variety of attractions.


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The Malaysian F1 race track is already nearby “As the area develops further, the airport


slowly becomes less a destination for passen- gers to take a flight, and more a destination by itself,” said KLIA CFO Faizal Mansor. More: http://lei.sr?a=M7g8t


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