Articles tagged “merlin entertainments”

Theme Park Operator Merlin Finds Everything Isn’t Awesome at Legoland

Theme Park Operator Merlin Finds Everything Isn’t Awesome at Legoland

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Merlin's determination to focus on the long-term potential of the company is probably one of the reasons it is keen to escape the glare of the public markets.

4 months ago

Lego Family Plot to Take Merlin Entertainments Private With $6.1 Billion Joint Bid

Lego Family Plot to Take Merlin Entertainments Private With $6.1 Billion Joint Bid

Nick Turner, Bloomberg

The trend for public companies going private looks set to continue. A change in ownership might allow Merlin to boost its spending on hotels and theme parks.

5 months ago

Activist Investor Urges Legoland Operator Merlin to Go Private

Activist Investor Urges Legoland Operator Merlin to Go Private

Thomas Mulier, Bloomberg

It's difficult to see ValueAct capital getting its way unless 30 percent shareholder and Danish billionaire Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen backs the plan. Needless to say Merlin's board still believes it is on the right track.

6 months ago

Malaysia’s Sovereign Fund Considers Selling Legoland

Malaysia’s Sovereign Fund Considers Selling Legoland

Joyce Koh and Elffie Chew, Bloomberg

Malaysia‘s new government is building blocks to reduce the deficit left by the previous administration. Legoland Malaysia, owned by the national sovereign fund, Khazanah, could be sold if the price is right.

9 months ago

Parks Operator Merlin Starts to See Recovery in London Market

Parks Operator Merlin Starts to See Recovery in London Market

Patrick Whyte, Skift

It looks like things are starting to turn around for Merlin in its key London market. We'll have to wait until its annual results later this year for the full picture.

1 year ago

UK Theme Parks Operator Merlin Ramps Up Hotel Offerings

UK Theme Parks Operator Merlin Ramps Up Hotel Offerings

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Adding more beds to your theme parks makes sense as it brings in extra cash, but Merlin needs to make sure it gives guests extra reasons to stick around for more than a day.

1 year ago

Gender Diversity Is Still Massively Lacking in Travel and Hospitality

Gender Diversity Is Still Massively Lacking in Travel and Hospitality

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Laws have been changed to supposedly eliminate gender bias but the problem at senior levels still persists. Companies first need to admit they have a problem, then they can do something about it. Perhaps there should be greater consideration of quotas.

2 years ago

Legoland Theme Park Is Coming to New York in 2020

Legoland Theme Park Is Coming to New York in 2020

Associated Press

Legoland has proven popular for families with young kids and continues to build a following in the United States. Located 50 miles from New York City, the first Legoland park in the Northeast will need to get creative to attract tourists who are visiting the Big Apple.

2 years ago

Merlin CEO Sees Security Threats as Having Lasting Impact on the Business

Merlin CEO Sees Security Threats as Having Lasting Impact on the Business

Paul Jarvis and Joe Easton, Bloomberg

The Brexit benefit of a weakened pound hasn't lasted long for Merlin Entertainments. The threat of terrorism in the UK and central Europe looms large and is causing the company to rethink its investment priorities.

2 years ago

Merlin Entertainments Denies It’s in Talks for a SeaWorld Deal

Merlin Entertainments Denies It’s in Talks for a SeaWorld Deal

Paul Jarvis, Bloomberg

The precisely worded statement from Merlin Entertainments doesn't seem to rule out future interest or discussions. But what does SeaWorld want to do? That's still the big question.

2 years ago

Merlin Hints At Interest In Buying SeaWorld’s Busch Gardens

Merlin Hints At Interest In Buying SeaWorld’s Busch Gardens

Patrick Whyte, Skift

SeaWorld is still struggling and Merlin is probably hoping it can bag a bargain. Watch this space.

2 years ago

Merlin Gets Lift From International Expansion While Coping With Problems at Home

Merlin Gets Lift From International Expansion While Coping With Problems at Home

Bloomberg, Paul Jarvis

Given the number and nature of the terrorist attacks in the UK in the past few months it is unsurprising that Merlin remains cautious. One way of mitigating the impact is to focus on growing globally, which the company seems to be doing.

2 years ago