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Six Flags to open Nigeria theme park in 2013

Six Flags has announced planned to develop its first African theme park in Cross River State, Nigeria.

The park will be part of the state's 250-acre "Destination Tourism" development, and is due to open in 2013. Six Flags will develop the concept and plans, as well as lending the park its brand name, but is unlikely to own the park itself.

"The potential economic impact of this exciting project is vast, with the opportunity to create hundreds of jobs during the construction phase and subsequent operations," said Nzan Ogbe, Special Advisor, Governor's Office.

Despite filing for bankruptcy in the US, Six Flags has been pursuing an international expansion strategy. Last year it announced plans to open a park in Dubai.

“We look forward to collaborating with the Cross River State Government to bring the Six Flags experience to this exciting, rapidly expanding region,” commented Mark Shapiro, Six Flags President and Chief Executive Officer. “The partnership represents another major step in our international development strategy and clearly demonstrates the strength of the Six Flags brand on the heels of our operational turnaround".

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