SeaWorld toasts record performance
US attractions operator SeaWorld Entertainment achieved a record year in 2013, driven by strong attendance growth in its SeaWorld-branded parks in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio.
Total revenues for the group, which also owns the Busch Gardens and Sesame Place leisure brands, is expected to reach a record $1.46bn in fiscal 2013.
"We are very pleased with our fourth quarter performance, particularly for the SeaWorld-branded parks in Orlando and San Diego, which helped us to achieve record revenue for the year," said Jim Atchison, president and chief executive officer of the company.
"In addition to the great holiday events that proved so popular in December, we have launched our year-long celebration of SeaWorld's 50th Anniversary. The success of the SeaWorld parks in 2013 suggests that the extraordinary experience offered in these parks is as meaningful today as at any point in our history."
SeaWorld expects to release its audited 2013 results in March.