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As it turns out, imprisoning orca whales in tiny pools and forcing them to dance for tourists is becoming less appealing to the American public or international vacationers.
A combination of atrocious publicity from the 2013 documentary film “Blackfish” and stern competition from rival theme parks has left Seaworld, and its 11 theme parks across North America, floundering.
Seaworld CEO Joel Manby said the company isn’t going to invest even more in marketing to reform its tarnished image. He also told investors that international visitors are now more likely to visit competing parks in Orlando featuring Harry Potter or Mickey Mouse than Seaworld.
As the world becomes more sensitive to the impact of tourism on nature and the environment, Seaworld’s global appeal could diminish even more than it already has, and it’s a signal to attractions around the world that the old ways won’t work for a new generation.
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