Attractions industry news

02 Feb 2018

Eden Project signs deal for £150m Qingdao attraction

Sir Tim Smit’s Eden Project is making a giant leap to realising its first overseas attraction, following a trade meeting between the British and Chinese governments.

During the three-day trade mission to promote Prime Minister Theresa May’s vision for a “global Britain”, David Hardland, Eden Project chief executive signed an agreement with Zhao Lintao of China Jinmao Holdings, setting out terms for a future development in Qingdao.

Including the design, construction and operation of the planned £150m (US$213m, €170.8m) attraction, Eden Qingdao will follow the theme of water and will as its centrepiece feature the world’s largest indoor waterfall - roughly the same size as Niagara Falls at 50m (164ft) high.

“This is a huge development in the history of the Eden Project and the biggest step we have yet taken towards opening an Eden Project in China,” said Harland.

“We are very excited about the possibilities for this attraction and the city of Qingdao and are very pleased to be working with our friends and colleagues at China Jinmao Holdings.”

Following the China launch, there are plans for multiple Eden Project attractions worldwide, with locations in Australia and New Zealand already confirmed. Four other Chinese projects are also in the works. Grimshaw Architects, creators of the original Eden Project, are working on the design for each of these proposals.

In its first 16 years, the Eden Project attracted more than 19 million visitors and generated £1.7bn for the regional economy. In 2016/17, accounts showed a cash surplus from trading of more than £1.6m.

During 2016, four per cent more people than the previous year visited and, for the first time since 2011, Eden welcomed more than one million visitors in a 12-month period.

To cater for the growing demand, the attraction will soon add a 109-bedroom on-site hotel designed by architectural studio Tate Harmer.

The Qingdao project is expected to break ground this year, with an opening date set for 2020. Further overseas projects in the Middle East and Asia are expected to be announced later this year.

<< Back

News powered by attractionsmanagement.com

Blackpool Pleasure Beach debuts £16.25m Icon rollercoaster

Blackpool Pleasure Beach has debuted its highly-anticipated steel launch coaster – Icon – which opens to the public today (25 May). [more...]

Royal-themed attraction opens at Peppa Pig World

The latest investment at Paultons Park in Hampshire, UK, sees a new zone opening at its Peppa Pig World attraction. [more...]

Mo Salah's boots go on display at British Museum

Egyptian striker Mo Salah, winner of this year's Golden Boot for being the top goalscorer in the English Premier League, has donated a pair of his boots to the British Museum, where they have entered the institution's world-famous Egyptian collection. [more...]

Europe's tallest observation wheel planned for Newcastle

Forget the London Eye, Newcastle’s ‘Whey Aye’ is set to outdo its southern sibling by becoming Europe’s tallest observation wheel. [more...]

National Museums Liverpool names Laura Pye as its new director

Laura Pye has been named director of National Museums Liverpool (NML), with the current head of culture for Bristol City Council to take up her new position in August. [more...]

Museum Index: Louvre regains top spot as Paris recovers and London dips

France's museums have shown significant recovery following a tumultuous 2016, with the Louvre reclaiming top spot as the world's most visited museum in the latest TEA/AECOM Museum Index. [more...]

In brief:

Theme Index: Success in Europe as waterpark attendance tops 30 million @AECOM @TEA_Connect [more...]
Theme Index: @Disney breaks 150 million visitor mark as operator rules over theme park world @AECOM @TEA_Connect [more...]
Museums + Heritage Awards winners revealed @MandHShow [more...]
Former petrol station to become arts space in London's White City @LG_Architects [more...]
Royal Academy of Arts celebrates 250th anniversary with opening of Chipperfield-designed extension @royalacademy [more...]
Museums Association opens applications for Transformers Influence 2018-19 next month @MuseumsAssoc #matransformers [more...]
London's Design Museum crowned European Museum of the Year @DesignMuseum [more...]
Tourism's carbon footprint four times higher than previously thought [more...]
'A horticulturists’ haven': Sir David Attenborough opens kewgardens' painstakingly restored Temperate House @InsallArch [more...]
More news from attractionsmanagement.com>>
<< Back