Tuesday, January 31, 2023

SeaWorld terminates agreements with Zhonghong Holding for China-based parks and attractions

Zhonghong’s license and design agreements for Chinese-based SeaWorld parks and entertainment centers was terminated April 2019 for lack of payment.

In the proxy for its Annual Shareholder Meeting, SeaWorld reports:

“In connection with the Sale, Sea Holdings I, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, and Zhonghong Holding Co., Ltd. (“Zhonghong Holding”), an affiliate of ZHG Group, entered into a Park Exclusivity and Concept Design Agreement (the “ECDA”) and a Center Concept and Preliminary Design Agreement (the “CDSA” and(collectively with the ECDA, the “ZHG Agreements”). Under the terms of the ECDA, the Company was to work with Zhonghong Holding and a top theme park design company, the Hettema Group, to create and produce the concept designs and development analysis for theme parks, water parks and interactive parks in China. Under the terms of the CDSA, the Company was to provide guidance, input, and expertise relating to the initial strategic planning, concept and preliminary design of Zhonghong Holding’s family entertainment and other similar centers. In exchange for providing services under the ZHG Agreements, the Company recorded revenue of approximately $5.1 million in 2018. As of December 31, 2018, a receivable related to the ZHG Agreements of approximately $1.5 million was recorded on the Company’s consolidated balance sheet. In April 2019, the Company terminated the ZHG Agreements for non-payment of undisputed amounts owed under the Agreements. The Company expects to record approximately $1.7 million in revenue during the first quarter of 2019, which relates to non-refundable amounts which were received from ZHG prior to the termination under the terms of the ZHG Agreements.”

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleimanhttp://wwww.themedreality.com
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, ThemedReality.com takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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