The Futuroscope leisure park, located near Poitiers, has received a 300 million euros subsidiary to secure the building a water park and 3 new attractions in the main one, which will open in 2025.
The Departmental Council of Vienne has selected the project, submitted by the Société Anonyme du Parc du Futuroscope (SAPF), controlled by Compagnie des Alpes and current operator of the Futuroscope, for the transformation and expansion of the site with a new water park by 2025. Also, a new 30-year operating lease has been agreed.
Called "Futuroscope 2", the project, which will be located close to the main park, will also welcome 2 themed hotels, and will be based on an initial investment of 104 million euros. Those investments are controlled by a new company, Futur Resort, owned by the SEM Patrimoniale de la Vienne and by the Banque des Territoires. The SAPF will ensure the delegated project management and the exploitation of this new area thanks to the signature of a 30-year operating lease (until 2050) with the company Futur Resort.
Moreover, the current park will be renovated and will welcome 3 new major attractions in 2025. The main park will benefit from more than 200 million euros in investments over the period. The objectives are to extend the average length of stay, to attract a more distant clientele (from France and Europe) and to increase its reception capacity, in order to cross 2 million annual visitors, around which the park has stagnated for a few years.
The main shareholder of the park since 2011, Compagnie des Alpes (CDA), is taking advantage of this transformation plan to increase its stake by 10% in the capital of Futuroscope. At the end of the operation, the SAPF will be 55.55% owned by Compagnie des Alpes, 18.73% by the SEM Patrimoniale de la Vienne, 24.27% by the Banque des Territoires and 1.45% by itself.
World leader in the operation of ski areas and operator of the most prestigious resorts (Val d'Isère, Tignes, La Plagne, etc.), the CDA also operates around 50 parks and leisure sites (Parc Astérix, France Miniature, Walibi Rhône-Alpes, Bellewaerde, Grévin museum…).