Merlin Entertainments is a global leader in location-based, family entertainment. As one of the world’s largest attraction operators, we create and deliver memorable, immersive brand experiences for our millions of guests.
Around the world, leisure spend continues to grow as disposable incomes rise and ever greater value is placed on good quality, shared experiences with friends and family. We bring brands to life for our millions of guests through continued investment, capturing new market opportunities and maintaining our strong market position as a unique, multi-format international operator of strongly branded and IP-led location-based entertainment.
We put all of our energy into creating magical memories for our guests. With 67 million visitors every year, that’s a lot of unforgettable moments.
Merlin operates in an attractive marketplace, benefiting from underlying growth characteristics and favourable dynamics. Since we formed in 1999, it's been our strategy to create a high growth, high return family entertainment company. A business based on strong brands and a global portfolio naturally balanced against the impact of external factors.
We see the growing importance of Intellectual Property (IP) content and how location-based entertainment can be a platform for this, providing greater ways to deliver immersive experiences, whilst offering partners opportunities to extend their engagement with consumers. We see the opportunity to develop multiple relationships with IP or content owners over time and believe Merlin is uniquely placed to develop such relationships given our strong credentials, and our multi-format, global reach.
We continue to diversify our portfolio, by geography, brand and customer, ensuring a balance of indoor and outdoor attractions and international and domestic visitation. Today we operate more than 140 attractions in 25 countries around the world, from shorter dwell-time attractions such as SEA LIFE, Madame Tussauds and The London Eye, to iconic theme park resorts like LEGOLAND, Gardaland Resort and Alton Towers Resort.