MOSCOW Feb 17 Russian developer Regions Group
said it planned to invest around $3 billion in the construction
of three theme parks under a licensing agreement with Dreamworks
Animation SKG Inc.
The California-based animation studio behind "Shrek" may
thus become the first Hollywood studio to have theme parks in
Russia, which the company said was one of the most important
markets for it in the world.
The parks are scheduled to open in 2015 in Moscow, Russia's
second-biggest city of St Petersburg, and Yekaterinburg in the
Urals and are expected to be the largest year-round indoor
entertainment zones in Europe, Dreamworks said on Friday.
Regions Group will be the sole investor in the project, its
co-owner and board member Amiran Mutsoev told a news conference,
adding the firm planned to attract loans, primarily from
state-run Sberbank and Gazprombank.
Russia's BIN Group said last year it wanted to build a $2.8
billion theme park in the south of Moscow with the participation
of Universal Park & Resorts, a unit of NBCUniversal.