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Mexico-based Dolphin Company buying Miami Seaquarium

The Dolphin Company, the largest theme park operator in Latin America, is buying the Miami Seaquarium from Palace Entertainment.

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The Dolphin Company, a Mexico-based theme park operator, has reached an agreement with Palace Entertainment to take over operations at the Miami Seaquarium in Florida.

The agreement between the Dolphin Company and Palace Entertainment, a subsidiary of Parques Reunidos, is subject to certain conditions relating to licensing and lease assignment.

Eduardo Albor, CEO of the Dolphin Company, said: “We are proud to announce the addition of Miami Seaquarium to our Dolphin family, and are pleased to have the opportunity to bring our experience of more than 25 years with marine mammals to the most popular attraction in South Florida.”

Dolphin Company’s fourth attraction in Florida

“We look forward to soon welcoming Miami Seaquarium’s employees, marine mammals and visitors to our family,” Albor added.

Miami Seaquarium opened back in 1955 in Florida’s Key Biscayne. The attraction has grown to become a centre for wildlife conservation, also providing educational programmes on marine science and environmental protection.

“The interest of the Dolphin Company for Miami Seaquarium, together with its commitment to environmental protection and the conservation of marine mammals, make it the perfect operator to manage this beautiful marine park,” said John Reilly, chief operating officer of Palace Entertainment.

“Our previous experiences with the Dolphin Company give us full confidence that they will expand their best practices to the Seaquarium and ensure all species, especially marine mammals, will receive the best of care and attention as they do in their habitats all over the world.”

Miami Seaquarium owned by Palace Entertainment

The Dolphin Company was founded in 1994 and is the largest theme park operator in Latin America. It owns more than 30 parks and habitats in 8 countries, including the US, Italy, Mexico and Argentina.

Palace Entertainment and the Dolphin Company expect to close the transaction before the end of 2021 before transitioning operations of the Miami Seaquarium.

Miami Seaquarium will become the Dolphin Company’s fourth attraction in Florida, joining Gulf World in Panama City Beach, Marineland in St. Augustine and Dolphin Connection in Duck Key.

Images: Miami Seaquarium

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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