Opening Date Set for China's Newest Indoor Ski Centre
The second giant Chinese indoor ski centre from the Wanda Group has been given an opening date of June 15, 2019.
In 2016 Guangzhou Wanda Cultural Tourism City first announced that a 50 billion yuan (about $7 billion US) investment project will be constructed on 154 hectares in Guangzhou's Huadu District. The project will have a gross floor area of 3.8 million square metres and will include a Wanda Mall that will house an outdoor theme park, stage show area, movie city, water park, numerous hotels, a bar street and an indoor ski area. The indoor ski area itself will include four ski runs at different gradients, the longest of which will be 460 meters, with a maximum vertical drop of 66 meters. The park will be able to accommodate up to 3,000 skiers at a time.
“As a key development for Southern China, we estimate about 20 million visitors for the first-year operation in Guangzhou,” Andrew Kam, senior vice-president of Wanda Travel Culture Innovation Group and president of Beijing Wanda Themed Entertainment told media. He expects they will break even in their second year. “Rather than competing with existing operators head to head, we are going to make the pie bigger. We will do this by focusing on (new types of) products i.e. world’s second largest indoor ski park and indoor water park,” he added.
China already has the most indoor snow centres open in the world with one report claiming 18 are currently operating - more than twice as many as any other country.
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