Funtopia And GICSA Team Up To Expand Funtopia In Mexico
October 03, 2018 // Franchising.com // Adventure Facility Franchising (AFF) announced today that they got a partnership with GICSA, the leading developer and operator of shopping centers and commercial real estate in Mexico, in order to solidify Funtopia's strategy of expanding into Mexican Territory.
Funtopia concept is based on the idea of providing children and families activities and healthy entertainment. It combines sports and fun all under one roof in indoor adventure parks, which offer a wide array of physically and mentally challenging attractions. Funtopia facilities also include private spaces for groups, customized rooms for birthday parties, and are adapted for a variety of programs such as team buildings, fundraisings and community events. Funtopia is already present in Europe, USA, Australia, Israel and Malaysia with an increasing number of facilities opening every year since its creation in 2012.
“We are really enthusiastic about this partnership”, says Yasen Nikolov, General Manager of AFF North America, “Mexican territory presents immense opportunities for active entertainment industry and together with GICSA - an undisputable local leader in development, we are confident about our future success and expansion in Mexico"
The opening of the first location in Mexico, jointly orchestrated by GICSA and AFF is scheduled for Fall 2018. It will be located in the brand-new shopping center in Cholula, Puebla. The conveniently situated facility will offer Funtopia signature attractions such as Fun Walls, Ninja Course, Ropes Course, Realistic Caving Systems and the first electrical Roll Glider in North America.
“I believe that the first Funtopia in Puebla will rapidly become a massively popular family destination, because of the amazing infrastructure and fantastic attractions that we managed to put in place” says Alan Jaime – Business Development Manager at GICSA. “The opening of the Puebla location has become the first step towards the new era of shopping malls where experiences are the key attraction.” The next Funtopia will open in Queretaro in spring 2019, but GICSA and Funtopia are planning to open many more locations all across Mexico, including Mexico City, as well as Monterrey, Guadalajara, Riviera Maya and others.
Adventure Facility Franchising - a great team of architects, designers, business developers, marketing specialists and project managers created the Funtopia concept in 2012 and launched the first adventure park in Bulgaria expanding their portfolio rapidly with franchise partners in USA, Israel, Malaysia, Australia with several more franchise projects underway. AFF is a part of the Walltopia group - a world leader in the production of climbing walls present in over 50 countries around the globe.
GICSA, the leading company in development, investment and commercialization of large-scale real estate projects in Mexico. In almost 30 years, it has developed more than 22 shopping centers and various projects such as office buildings, industrial buildings, residential condominiums and hotels. Likewise, in June 2015 the company ventured into the stock market, now being a public company with investors in Mexico and foreign markets.
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