Grant Leisure, International Consultancy to Zoological Facilities

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Grant Leisure (GL) is one of the UK's and USA's leading leisure and tourism consultancies, with extensive international experience. The group has particular experience in zoos, aquaria and wildlife parks, as detailed below. Grant Leisure recently sold the Real Live Leisure brand that operates Blackpool Zoo. Our reputation comes from a proven track record of developing and managing visitor attractions internationally which turn over more than 110 million visitors a year.

Grant Leisure (GL) is one of the UK's and USA's leading leisure and tourism consultancies, with extensive international experience. The group has particular experience in zoos, aquaria and wildlife parks, as detailed below.

Grant Leisure recently sold the Real Live Leisure brand that operates Blackpool Zoo. Our reputation comes from a proven track record of developing and managing visitor attractions internationally which turn over more than 110 million visitors a year.

The London and Whipsnade Zoos
A development plan was presented to Nicholas Ridley to obtain a £10 million grant for the London and Whipsnade zoos. Grant Leisure was commissioned over a five year period to help implement a wide range of capital and operational recommendations. The contract provided four key members of staff; a Chief Executive of Zoo Operations, a Financial Director, a Marketing Director, and an Operations Director.

Edinburgh Zoo
Grant Leisure submitted a report addressing all business planning aspects of retail and ticketing functions prior to their integration within the new entrance building at the Zoo.

Glasgow Zoo
After a preliminary study, Grant Leisure prepared a detailed phased and costed 10 year capital and operational improvement programme for the Zoo.

San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park
Prior to coming to the UK Mr Grant was Deputy Director of the San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park, responsible for 1,600 staff and a budget of $50 million. A major success was increasing attendance from 1.1. to 1.6 million at the Wild Animal Park and turning a deficit of $1.2 million to a surplus of $0.6 million. (He developed a master plan for both facilities which is still in place.)

Busch Gardens
Mr Grant was previously Chief Executive of Busch Gardens, California, responsible for 650 employees, a turnover of $30 million, and largest waterfowl collection in the US, comprising 2,200 birds and 200 species. Part of Mr Grant's responsibility was participating on the Masterplan and Development team for Los Angeles, Tampa and Williamsburg Gardens.

New Dade County Zoo
A complete review of the zoo's projected economic performance was conducted based on the master plan designs prepared, markets available and possible land planning alternatives.

The Philadelphia Zoo
Mr Grant presented a plan to improve the zoo's overall financial performance, establish clear short and long term priorities and put in place a coordinated funding programme. This plan was adopted and implemented successfully, saving the zoo from bankruptcy.

Milwaukee Zoo
A variety of new opportunities were evaluated for the zoo after a detailed operational audit, focusing primarily on new areas for revenue improvement and operating efficiencies.

Ocean Park, Hong Kong
Grant leisure presented recommendations to stem declines in visitor numbers. Four alternative masterplan strategies were implemented taking into special consideration the small population base of Hong Kong.

South Seoul Grant Park, South Korea
Grant Leisure prepared the master plan for this 1,300-acre major recreational development, containing a zoo, a theme park and cultural and entertainment facilities.

Kuwait Zoo
Mr Grant was a member of the masterplan team for the Kuwait zoo, with recommendations encompassing a wide variety of different land planning alternatives and respective impacts on operational approaches and financial returns.

Safari World, Thailand
Grant Leisure's work on this project included an operational audit and new masterplan for Safari World. They also were involved in discussions on the masterplan for a new $400 million, 8,000-acre destination resort and theme park at Prachtin-Buri.

Wood River Aviary, USA
Grant Leisure completed a preliminary business plan for this proposed new park in Idaho.

Woburn Wild Animal Kingdom
Mr Grant conducted an evaluation of opportunities for the improvement and future development of the attraction, with the emphasis on the short term.

Parques Reunidos, Spain
Grant Leisure was commissioned to conduct an economic and operational audit of Selwo Aventura Park (Selwo) in Estepona. The purpose of the audit was to provide recommendations that would improve the quality, efficiency and profitability of the park. The end objective was to:
a) Evaluate whether Selwo could achieve significantly improved attendance levels;
b) Evaluate the levels of recurring capital investment required; and
c) Create associated development strategies to achieve the objectives set by Parques Reunidos for Selwo.

Dubai Garden City, UAE
Grant Leisure is working on creating a 300-hectare integrated residential and zoological city in Dubai.

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