New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key, took home some ‘Magic Memories’ from his recent visit to Merlin Entertainment’s SEA LIFE London Aquarium.
The New Zealand PM toured the Aquarium on September 20th during his official visit to the UK at the invitation of John Wikstrom, co-founder of Magic Memories, a worldwide attraction photography business with its head office in New Zealand.
Mr. Key took park in a number of photo opportunities during his visit and learned about the successful partnership Magic Memories is enjoying with Merlin Entertainments. The Prime Minister was shown staff, kitted out in life guard themed outfits, engaging with visitors at the photo points around the venue; newly added and updated graphics; enhanced Green Room settings; multi-lingual signage and other improvements of the photo areas.
Wikstrom, who provided the full Magic Memories guest photography experience for the PM, said, “With our Prime Minister coming to London on an official visit, I thought it would be a great opportunity for him to see first-hand how a New Zealand born business is partnering with the world’s second largest operator of visitor attractions. NZTE is a government funded organisation which helps to support the internationalising of NZ companies and has previously helped Magic Memories with our expansion into the US and Europe. As the Prime Minister is also the Minister of Tourism, it was an ideal situation.
“He also spent 30 minutes talking to Glenn Earlam about Merlin’s other, global interests, in particular, of course, the group’s Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium in Auckland, New Zealand. All in all it was a very successful visit which Mr. Key seemed to thoroughly enjoy.”
Image: Pictured during their visit to SEA LIFE London Aquarium are (from left) H.E. Rt. Hon Sir Lockwood Smith, New Zealand High Commissioner to the UK; H.E. Vicki Treadell, the British High Commissioner to New Zealand, Merlin Entertainments Managing Director for Midway Attractions Glenn Earlam, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Magic Memories co-founder John Wikstrom.