Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a leader in regional amusement parks, water parks and active entertainment, today announced its hiring of The Kempton Group (TKG) to market and sell partnerships for its 18 North American parks.
"Partnership Marketing is a growth segment for our business, " said Jack Falfas, Chief Operating Officer. "We reach more than 22 million consumers who represent an attractive market to many brands around the world. In tandem with TKG, we will build ideas and programs that will deliver value to many business segments."
The growing "out-of-home, " alternative media channels that Cedar Fair parks offer will allow consumer brands and service companies to get face to face with a diverse audience driven by young people ages 12-24 and families 25-49. Cedar Point, its flagship property in Sandusky, Ohio, has been titled the best amusement park in the world for the last ten years. Knott’s Berry Farm, America’s first theme park, has been a staple in the Los Angeles area since 1928.
"We have admired Cedar Fair’s parks for some time, " said Tom Kempton, President of TKG. "They are leaders in the amusement park industry. We believe it is a logical fit for TKG in that we have a substantial background in developing partnerships and media packages for theme parks, sports properties, lodging and leisure time attractions."
Kempton added that programs will range from fully integrated national partnerships to regional and property specific relationships. "A-la-carte" in-park signage and internet advertising packages will be available to companies as well. In 2007, Cedar Fair entertained more than 22 million guests and received 51 million unique visitors to its websites.
"These are huge numbers that jump off the page, " said Kempton. "Cedar Fair offers marketers the valuable opportunity to cut through the clutter, engage park guests through communication and experience, and do so in an exclusive, competition-free environment."
TKG, a Cincinnati based marketing firm formed in 1986, specializes in strategic alliances, partnership marketing and event sponsorship.
About Cedar Fair
Cedar Fair is a publicly traded partnership headquartered in Sandusky, Ohio, and one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world. The company owns and operates 11 amusement parks, six outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and five hotels. Amusement parks in the company’s northern region include two in Ohio: Cedar Point, consistently voted "Best Amusement Park in the World" in Amusement Today polls, and Kings Island; as well as Canada’s Wonderland, near Toronto; Dorney Park, PA; Valleyfair, MN; and Michigan’s Adventure, MI. In the southern region are Kings Dominion, VA; Carowinds, NC; and Worlds of Fun, MO. Western parks in California include: Knott’s Berry Farm; Great America; and Gilroy Gardens, which is managed under contract.