ITEC announces construction begins for Ripley’s Believe It or Not! first Chinese location

Orlando Sentinel
By: Gabrielle Russon – Contact Reporter – Orlando Sentinel

Tuesday, January 30, 2018


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An Orlando company that designs and builds attractions announced construction is underway for a mixed-use development that will open the first Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in China.

ITEC Entertainment announced work has begun for what will be called Paradise Park in Harbin, China.

Beside Ripley, the complex will hold an indoor water park. Both attractions are expected to open in 2019.

“Rainforest Bay Aqua Park — a multi-story indoor water park with pools and caverns, cabanas and multiple slides, zip lines and elevated activity gazebos – will cater to entire families of wet adventure seekers,” according to a press release from ITEC.

Recently, ITEC executives sat down with the Sentinel to discuss several projects they’re working on Asia, including a $1.8 billion amusement park in China, a castle that houses attractions on a mountain in Vietnam

“At no time in the past did we have this much diversity of work in the building,” said the company’s president Bill Coan.

Experts have called pointed to Asia — especially China where a growing middle class is emerging — as a hot spot for the attractions industry.

Disney recently pointed to a strong performance at the theme park it opened in Shanghai, and Universal Studios is also building a park in Beijing.


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