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SeaWorld lays off unknown number of workers amid increase in attendance

Posted at 8:03 PM, Apr 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-15 23:03:21-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- SeaWorld has confirmed that the company completed layoffs Friday, a spokesperson confirmed to 10News.

It’s unclear exactly how many people were laid off in San Diego or companywide, but the move comes as SeaWorld continues to see an increase in attendance at its parks.

The move also comes as SeaWorld San Diego gets ready to open a new attraction called Tidal Twister this May.

RELATED: Tidal Twister on track to open at SeaWorld San Diego in May 2019

Read SeaWorld’s statement below:

Like most companies, we regularly evaluate operations to ensure we are properly organized for performance and efficiency. As part of those ongoing efforts, SeaWorld Entertainment has eliminated a limited number of positions across the company. We remain committed to our conservation, education and rescue mission.

A report released by SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. in early 2019 found that attendance increased to 22.6 million guests in 2018, up more than eight percent.

RELATED: SeaWorld attendance increases for first time since 2015

According to Statista , 2018 marked the first time SeaWorld saw an increase in attendance since 2015.