Santa theme park to open in China
A new Christmas-themed attraction is being developed in the Chinese city of Chengdu.
SantaPark Ltd, which operates what is marketed as the "official home of Santa Claus" in Lapland, has teamed up with Finnish attraction specialist Lappset Group and a local Chinese developer to create a Christmas-themed attraction in the capital of Sichuan province.
According to the terms of the agreement, the new Chinese SantaPark will be a 10,000m² indoor attraction based on the original SantaPark in northern Finland. It is expected to open June 2016 as part of Floraland Chengdu theme park.
"There has been a lot of interest in the authentic Christmas theme park from different parts of the world, especially in Asia," revealed SantaPark Ltd's CEO, Ilkka Lankinen.
"By combining our well-proven SantaPark concept together with Lappset's solid experience of design and manufacturing of themed attractions, we have made an exceptional concept and a completely new way of thinking of the themed activity solutions.
"Establishing a Santa's theme park in Chengdu is an extension of our well-proven concept to the Chinese market. We will continue running our SantaPark as the official home of Santa in Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland, and hope to attract even more Chinese tourists to visit the Arctic Circle," Lankinen added.
And the Chengdu launch could be just the start of SantaPark's growth in China. Tero Ylinenpaa, CEO of Lappset, said that he expects to open "another five or six Christmas-themed attractions in the future in China".
Launched in 1997, the original SantaPark in Finnish Lapland is a full Christmas village, complete with elf's workshop, Santa's office, a post office and sleigh rides.
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