Dalian Wanda Group, the Chinese conglomerate and world’s biggest property developer, has hired Andrew Kam, former managing director of Hong Kong Disneyland, to lead its growing theme park business.
Kam was previously managing director of Hong Kong Disneyland between 2007 and 2016. He resigned, citing personal reasons, in March.
Owned by one of China richest men, Wang Jianlin, the Wanda empire spans commercial property, culture and tourism ventures, luxury hotels and department stores.
In addition to owning the world’s biggest cinema chain, Wanda Cinemas, the group has been diversifying into theme park operations.
Positioning itself in direct competition with an ever-increasing number of Chinese leisure attractions, which now includes Shanghai Disney Resort, Jianlin cut the ribbon on Wanda Cultural Tourism City in Nanchang in May.
September 24 saw the opening of Wanda’s latest mixed-use development, Hefei Wanda Cultural Tourism City, which includes a large-scale amusement park made up of six distinct zones.
The company is planning to open 13 more entertainment complexes in China over the next four years.