It’s been a rough go for SeaWorld Parks. CEO Joel Manby has been trying to correct declining attendance, and profits for the past few years. Today the park announced that it has laid off over 350 employees.
The employees laid off have been mostly from SeaWorld corporate offices, SeaWorld San Antonio and SeaWorld Orlando. The news comes just a few weeks before the results of the parks 3rd quarter results. 2nd quarter results had the profits for the company down, but attendance was slowly starting to improve. Every park in the SeaWorld chain brought out some major attractions and festivals for the summer season, so the news is layoffs doesn’t sound promising for the 3rd quarter.
We aren’t sure in which departments cuts were made, but we do know that most of the currently empty positions were closed, and that most of the positions do not deal with guests or animal rescue and rehabilitation.
For the past few weeks, SeaWorld has been the subject of buyout rumors from Merlin Entertainment, and Parques Reunidos. Merlin had since stated they are not interested in SeaWorld but Parques is allegedly trying to negotiate.
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