April 19, 2017 / 2:11 AM / 4 months ago

Discovery to build $400 million theme park in Costa Rica

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FILE PHOTO - The Discovery Communications logo is seen at their office in Manhattan, New York, U.S., August 1, 2016.Andrew Kelly/File Photo

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Discovery Communications, owner of Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, will build a $400 million theme park in Costa Rica, the government said on Tuesday.

Local investment firm Sun Latin America will be responsible for developing the 800-hectare (1,977-acre) project in the province of Guanacaste, a beach tourism destination some 225 kilometers (139.81 miles) north of the capital, the government said.

The park, which will include hotels, eco-adventure activities, sports areas and restaurants, will generate some 2,000 jobs during its 2018-2020 construction, Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís told a news conference.

Discovery Communications and Sun Latin America did not provide details on their agreement.

Reporting by Enrique Andres Pretel; Editing by Sandra Maler

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