Jesolo, 28 May 2020
“We will come back with a new look, new attractions, new surprises and an even stronger desire to ensure our guests have the time of their lives. But in 2021. For now, we have to stop. This is a very tough, yet inevitable decision”. These are the words with which Luciano Pareschi – who manages the most highly-awarded water theme park in Italy with his wife, Carla Cavaliere, and their children – announced the decision not to open Caribe Bay for summer 2020. This marks the first pause in thirty years of uninterrupted business and exponential growth of attractions and shows for a destination that has won the prize for best Italian park at the Parksmania Awards an incredible 12 times (of 18 editions), and that ranked amongst the top 7 parks in the EMEA area (Europe, Middle East and Africa) at the Park World Excellence Awards 2019.
“And with this coming summer in mind, we had also planned other improvement works as part of the overarching project of growth which we invest heavily in every single year”, adds Pareschi. The construction site opened last October is for the renovation and upgrading of the services and attractions of the area dedicated to the park’s baby guests and families: Laguna Bay, an area spanning 10,000m2, with an overall investment (spread over 3 years) of €5 million.
And one of the main contributing factors of the decision not to open for summer 2020 lies with this very construction site. “The health emergency, with everything that it has entailed, including for the economy and businesses,” continues Luciano Pareschi, “has forced us to put these improvement works on hold, much as other construction sites in the city have done. When we were finally given the green light to resume the work, it was already too late: with the time needed to complete it, we would have had to wait until more or less the end of August to open the Park”.
Not to mention the difficulty of managing an 80,000m2 park, with its 27 attractions and 7 shows, with the restrictions imposed by the government’s protocols. “I would have had to hire more, many more, than the 220 members of staff we usually employ in order to ensure that the proper controls were in place”, noted the owner of Caribe Bay, the largest company in Jesolo. “What’s more, all the new rules for managing businesses, put in place to ensure the safety of the guests and staff, would have taken away from the ‘magic’ of our Park: with no shows, restricted access to the attractions, and limitations on certain activities… what kind of fun could we have provided for our many guests? We would have risked ruining the fruit of the many sacrifices made over these past years to help Caribe Bay grow and turn it into the Park that is so loved by all”.
Hence the decision not to open for summer 2020. “A very tough decision, including for our employees, many of whom have been with us for several years now: but there was nothing else we could do. I can, however, assure the public that we will be back for summer 2021 with plenty of new surprises and the same desire to thrill and amaze our guests”.
As for any tickets already purchased with the various promotions on offer, guests can request a voucher allowing them to visit the Park when it next opens or, alternatively, a full refund.
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