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Wanda hires former Hong Kong Disneyland head to run theme park division
POSTED 18 Oct 2016 . BY Tom Anstey
As Disney and Wanda’s public war for dominance across China continues to rage on, Wanda chair Wang Jianlin has reportedly hired former Disney executive Andrew Kam to lead its charge into the theme park sector.

Kam, who is former managing director of Hong Kong Disneyland, resigned from his position in March earlier this year, citing “personal reasons” for his departure after spending eight years in the role.

According to both Reuters and Quartz, well-placed sources have confirmed that Kam will lead Wanda’s theme park business, fueling the flames of a power struggle between the two entertainment giants.

Earlier this year, Wang Jianlin compared Wanda’s plan to build 15 multi-billion dollar amusement parks in China before 2020 as a “pack of wolves” versus “one tiger” – referring to Disney’s newly-opened US$5.5bn (€5bn, £4.5bn) Shanghai resort.

With its Wanda City plan, Wanda is attempting to topple Disney as the world’s largest tourism enterprise by 2020. By that time, Jianlin wants his parks to have welcomed more than 200 million people and be earning annual tourism income in excess of US$14.9bn (€13.5bn, £12.2bn).

Wanda’s most recent addition is its US$5.2bn (€4.7bn, £4.3bn) Hefei Wanda City development, which has been described as the “first Huizhou culture theme park in the world.”

In addition to the ambitious domestic plans, Wanda has also begun acquisitions of travel enterprises and tourism spots in an effort to build up major tourism hubs abroad, most notably in Australia, where Wang is planning a multi-billion dollar Gold Coast theme park based on the Jurassic World franchise.

Attractions Management has reached out to both Disney and Wanda for public comment. Both are yet to respond.
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Wanda hires former Hong Kong Disneyland head to run theme park division
POSTED 18 Oct 2016 . BY Tom Anstey
As Disney and Wanda’s public war for dominance across China continues to rage on, Wanda chair Wang Jianlin has reportedly hired former Disney executive Andrew Kam to lead its charge into the theme park sector.

Kam, who is former managing director of Hong Kong Disneyland, resigned from his position in March earlier this year, citing “personal reasons” for his departure after spending eight years in the role.

According to both Reuters and Quartz, well-placed sources have confirmed that Kam will lead Wanda’s theme park business, fueling the flames of a power struggle between the two entertainment giants.

Earlier this year, Wang Jianlin compared Wanda’s plan to build 15 multi-billion dollar amusement parks in China before 2020 as a “pack of wolves” versus “one tiger” – referring to Disney’s newly-opened US$5.5bn (€5bn, £4.5bn) Shanghai resort.

With its Wanda City plan, Wanda is attempting to topple Disney as the world’s largest tourism enterprise by 2020. By that time, Jianlin wants his parks to have welcomed more than 200 million people and be earning annual tourism income in excess of US$14.9bn (€13.5bn, £12.2bn).

Wanda’s most recent addition is its US$5.2bn (€4.7bn, £4.3bn) Hefei Wanda City development, which has been described as the “first Huizhou culture theme park in the world.”

In addition to the ambitious domestic plans, Wanda has also begun acquisitions of travel enterprises and tourism spots in an effort to build up major tourism hubs abroad, most notably in Australia, where Wang is planning a multi-billion dollar Gold Coast theme park based on the Jurassic World franchise.

Attractions Management has reached out to both Disney and Wanda for public comment. Both are yet to respond.
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Wanda hires former Hong Kong Disneyland head to run theme park division
POSTED 18 Oct 2016 . BY Tom Anstey
As Disney and Wanda’s public war for dominance across China continues to rage on, Wanda chair Wang Jianlin has reportedly hired former Disney executive Andrew Kam to lead its charge into the theme park sector.

Kam, who is former managing director of Hong Kong Disneyland, resigned from his position in March earlier this year, citing “personal reasons” for his departure after spending eight years in the role.

According to both Reuters and Quartz, well-placed sources have confirmed that Kam will lead Wanda’s theme park business, fueling the flames of a power struggle between the two entertainment giants.

Earlier this year, Wang Jianlin compared Wanda’s plan to build 15 multi-billion dollar amusement parks in China before 2020 as a “pack of wolves” versus “one tiger” – referring to Disney’s newly-opened US$5.5bn (€5bn, £4.5bn) Shanghai resort.

With its Wanda City plan, Wanda is attempting to topple Disney as the world’s largest tourism enterprise by 2020. By that time, Jianlin wants his parks to have welcomed more than 200 million people and be earning annual tourism income in excess of US$14.9bn (€13.5bn, £12.2bn).

Wanda’s most recent addition is its US$5.2bn (€4.7bn, £4.3bn) Hefei Wanda City development, which has been described as the “first Huizhou culture theme park in the world.”

In addition to the ambitious domestic plans, Wanda has also begun acquisitions of travel enterprises and tourism spots in an effort to build up major tourism hubs abroad, most notably in Australia, where Wang is planning a multi-billion dollar Gold Coast theme park based on the Jurassic World franchise.

Attractions Management has reached out to both Disney and Wanda for public comment. Both are yet to respond.
RELATED STORIES
Crowdfunding launched to build international cricket stadium in Rwanda


A funding campaign to build a self-sustaining cricket ground of international standard in Rwanda is gathering momentum.
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Wang Jianlin’s public feud with Disney continues to heat up with the Wanda chair’s latest multi-billion Wanda City to open its doors tomorrow (23 September).
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China’s Wanda Group has taken the next step on its mission to become an unrivalled tourism entity; signing an agreement to build “the world's first culture, tourism, sports and commerce super complex.”
Disney bites back after IPs are spotted at newest Wanda City


Following Wang Jianlin’s warning to Disney against development in China, tensions have further escalated after Disney said it was prepared to take action to protect its IPs after performers dressed as Snow White, Captain America and Stormtroopers were seen at its newest multi-billion dollar attraction in China.
 


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