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Merlin Entertainments: New Observation Tower Approved for Weymouth, Dorset


Merlin Entertainments is delighted that the Planning Committee has accepted our plan for an exciting new observation tower (as part of the Festival Pier redevelopment….). 
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This is obviously an attraction we believe both Weymouth residents, and visitors to the town will enjoy for many years to come.  However agreement today also means that we can complete the project in time for the 2012 Olympics.  An exciting new attraction at a time when Weymouth will not only welcome many thousands of new visitors for the events themselves, but also will be showcased to the world.

Craig Dunkerley, General Manager of Merlin’s SEA LIFE attraction in Weymouth – and who will also be responsible for the new tower attraction; said after the meeting.  “This is great news.  We believe that the tower will be a must do attraction in Weymouth.  The 360° panoramic views it will provide will be magnificent and leave lasting memories of Weymouth for everyone who visits.  We are also confident that it will prove an economic catalyst, helping to keep people in the town longer, and benefitting many other businesses.”
Work on the tower is expected to begin in November.
For further information:  Sally Ann Wilkinson  0208 948 4225/07774 415 372


MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS  is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment, and has seen the most successful and dynamic growth of any company in the sector over the last five years. Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin operates over 78 attractions, six hotels/two holiday villages (by end 2011), in 17 countries and across four continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its 43.6 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and more than 16, 000 employees. Merlin Entertainments operates the following attractions – SEA LIFE, Madame Tussauds, LEGOLAND, The EDF Energy London Eye, Dungeons, Gardaland, LEGOLAND Discovery Centres, Alton Towers Resort, Warwick Castle, Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventures Resort, the Blackpool Tower, Heide Park, Earth Explorer, Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney, Sydney Tower Eye and SKYWALK, Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter Underwater World, Oceanworld Manly and Hamilton Island Wildlife Park.  All brands which are distinctive, challenging and innovative – and which have great potential for growth in the future. Visit for more information.

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