Sea Life Park to layoff 44 employees

Published: Jul. 31, 2008 at 7:02 PM HST|Updated: Jul. 31, 2008 at 7:45 PM HST
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EAST OAHU (KHNL) - Due to the downturn in tourist arrivals that has caused a decline in park attendance, Sea Life Park will layoff 44 full-time and part-time employees this week.

Among the laid-off employees are temporary hires for peak summer months who would normally have been kept on until the end of August.

"We are saddened to have to take this step," said Jesus Bravo, general manager of Sea Life Park. "These are all good employees, but unfortunately, given the loss in revenues, we have no option but to cut back on operating costs."

The Park was sold to Parques Reunidos Group, one of the world's leading entertainment companies, back in April 2008.

The renowned aquarium has about 200 employees and in 2007, entertained about 300,000 visitors.