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May 03, 2015 3:58 PM ET

Hotels, Restaurants and Leisure

Company Overview of Merlin Entertainments plc

Company Overview

Merlin Entertainments plc operates visitor attraction places worldwide. The company operates midway attractions under the SEA LIFE, Madame Tussauds, The Dungeons, LEGOLAND Discovery Centres, and The Eye brands; LEGOLAND parks under the LEGOLAND California, LEGOLAND Billund, LEGOLAND Windsor, LEGOLAND Florida, LEGOLAND Deutschland, and LEGOLAND Malaysia brand names; and resort theme parks under the Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventures, Warwick Castle, Gardaland, and Heide Park brands. It operates 104 attractions, 10hotels, and 3 holiday villages in 22 countries and across 4 continents. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Poole, the United Kingdom.

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Poole,  BH15 1NQ

United Kingdom

Founded in 1999

26,000 Employees


44 12 0266 6900


44 12 0244 0021

Key Executives for Merlin Entertainments plc

Group Chief Executive Officer
Age: 51
Total Annual Compensation: $534.3K
Group Chief Financial Officer, Director and Member of Health, Safety & Security Committee
Age: 51
Total Annual Compensation: $341.8K
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2013.

Merlin Entertainments plc Key Developments

Merlin Entertainments plc Confirms the Appointment of Fru Hazlitt to its Audit Committee

The Board of Merlin Entertainments plc confirmed the appointment of Fru Hazlitt, one of its existing Non-Executive Directors, to its Audit Committee with effect from the conclusion of its Annual General Meeting on 14 May 2015.

Merlin Entertainments PLCOpens First Outdoor Legoland Theme Park, in Nagoya

Merlin Entertainments PLC on April 15, 2015 held a groundbreaking ceremony for Japan's first outdoor Legoland theme park, here in Nagoya. Legoland Japan, slated to open in the April-June quarter of 2017, will be the eighth outdoor Legoland theme park in the world. The park in central Japan, mainly intended for families with children aged between two and 12, will have more than 40 rides and run a variety of shows. Miniland, the core facility of the planned park, will feature a 2.1-meter-high reproduction of Nagoya Castle made from more than 220,000 Lego bricks.

Merlin Entertainments plc(LSE:MERL) added to FTSE 100 Index

Merlin Entertainments plc(LSE:MERL) added to FTSE 100 Index

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