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Chester Zoo has debuted its new £40m (US$62.2m, €56.4m) Islands development, making the UK visitor attraction one of the largest and most important zoos anywhere in the world. Phase one of the development, which accounts for around 50 per cent of the total expansion, sets visitors off on a journey through a highly-immersive adventure across a series of Indonesia-themed islands. The first phase puts the spotlight on critically endangered species, with the main feature being a 15-minute lazy river boat trip, which takes guests on an alternate journey through the exhibits, offering a cageless experience.


“When George Mottershead built the zoo back in 1931, he tried to create a zoo without bars and this is what we’re trying to


Canada approves Cirque du Soleil consortium sale


The Canadian government has approved the sale of Cirque du Soleil to a consortium led by US-based investment firm TPG Capital for a fee thought to be around US$1.5bn (€1.37bn, £972m). TPG is majority shareholder in


the sale, with Chinese partner Fosun taking a further 20 per cent share. According to Canada’s industry


minister, James Moore, the sale of the government-owned attraction will benefit the country economically, with part of the deal reliant on Canadians retaining key positions within the company. More: http://lei.sr?a=J8b4s_A


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AM2.jobs Chester Zoo debuts £40m Islands development


created ramshackled jetties, but in fact, there’s a fence below there stopping the animals being able to escape. “A lot of work has also


gone into interpretation and theming,” he continued. ”Our in-house team is responsible for that. We’ve been out in Indonesia, we’ve had our team look at what people sell at the markets there and tried to create something similar.” A second phase of


Architectural firm Dan Pearlman is behind the £40m development


do here,” said Chester Zoo MD, Jamie Christon, speaking to AM2 at the launch. “For example, on our riverside enclosures we’ve


development at Islands, scheduled to open in around a month’s time, will see the addition of Monsoon Forest – the largest indoor zoo exhibit in the UK. More: http://lei.sr?a=m6k7Q_A


Machu Picchu mulls sustainable visitor strategy


Peruvian authorities continue to look for new ways to capitalise on Machu Picchu’s popularity as a visitor attraction, having revealed the remote ancient site is welcoming an average of one million visitors every year, breaching conservation guidelines. Speaking to Peru’s state-run news agency,


Ricardo Ruiz Caro, head of the Decentralized Department of Culture in Cuzco said the famous ruins draw around 3,300 visitors a day. A 2012 report suggested adding the site to the World Heritage in danger list, stating that the imposed 2,500 visitor daily limit has been “exceeded on numerous occasions”, something backed up by the figures touted by the Decentralized Department of Culture.


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Machu Picchu draws 3,300 visitors daily Caro ruled out the possibility of establishing


a schedule of night visits to the site, but suggested new management models could “multiply tourist space” at Machu Picchu. More: http://lei.sr?a=N5Q6v_A


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