Compagnie des Alpes, the parent company of Belgian theme parks Walibi, Aqualibi and Bellewaerde, has had higher annual sales volumes than before the coronavirus pandemic, according to a press release Thursday. Revenue from the theme park business exceeded skate revenue for the first time in the last fiscal year that ended at the end of September.
In concrete terms, the group achieved a turnover of 958.5 million euros. That’s nearly 18 percent more than the 2018-2019 fiscal year, the last before Corona. As a result of this pandemic, theme parks have been temporarily closed or restricted.
For the amusement park activity alone, the sales value amounted to 468.5 million euros, an increase of 23 percent over pre-corona. Not only did they have more customers (+6 percent), they also spent more on average (+17 percent). In its press release, the group explicitly noted the good performance of Walibi Belgium.
Earnings should reach a higher level than they were in the 2018-2019 reference year, according to the group.
“We are optimistic, but we are also vigilant,” General Manager Dominic Tellud said on Thursday. For example, the weight of energy costs will be much greater in the next fiscal year than in 2021-2022. The economic impact of expensive energy can be partially offset by energy savings and increased tariffs. Thelode reassured that the energy savings should not be visible to the client.
The group plans to keep Walibi open in our country through the Christmas holidays of 2023, she says.
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