AttractionsPark developer Sim Leisure Group to begin construction on new theme park in Galle

A new ‘Escape’ in Sri Lanka

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Sim Leisure Group will be bringing its Escape theme park to Sri Lanka.
Sim Leisure Group will be bringing its Escape theme park to Sri Lanka.

COLOMBO – Malaysian theme park developer Sim Leisure Group is expected to begin construction on a new theme park on the southern coast of Sri Lanka.

“I see tremendous opportunity in the Sri Lankan market with its population of over 20 million. Sri Lanka is one of the few countries, which is unspoilt and green. The country’s unpolluted coastline and beaches bring tourists from all over the world and its tourism industry is growing at an incredible pace,– Sim Leisure CEO Sim Choo Kheng

The developer inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Sri Lanka’s Elpitiya Plantations PLC earlier this month to build an Escape theme park in Galle, which is set to be the first large-scale theme park in Sri Lanka.

The company has received preliminary approval to begin construction in March, barring unforeseen circumstance, it said in a statement. The theme park will be located between Colombo and the main beach resort of Galle.

“I see tremendous opportunity in the Sri Lankan market with its population of over 20 million. Sri Lanka is one of the few countries, which is unspoilt and green. The country’s unpolluted coastline and beaches bring tourists from all over the world and its tourism industry is growing at an incredible pace,” said Sim Leisure CEO Sim Choo Kheng.

He also highlighted Sri Lanka’s untapped potential for family leisure compared to East Asia.

The theme park will include an outdoor adventure theme park and water park and approximately 40 themed rides and attractions in three categories – Adventureplay, Waterplay and Gravityplay.

This month, both parties are expected to sign the definitive agreement for the deal. This will include a joint venture partnership in which Sim Leisure and Elpitiya are to become the JV partners of Venture Valley, a special purpose company incorporated for the project.

The Penang-based group also plans to expand to China and other Southeast Asian cities.

Sim Leisure owns and operates the Escape outdoor adventure and water theme parks in Malaysia. It has also completed projects such as the thematic design of certain zones at Universal Studios Singapore, and the fitting out of all facilities at a large indoor water park in Bahrain.

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