Now, Delhi To Get Its Own Madame Tussauds, Good Times Ahead For Hospitality And Tourism Industries
Soon India's national capital will boast of another iconic architectural marvel as UK-based Merlin Entertainments is busy giving the final touch to its upcoming Madame Tussauds museum branch in Delhi. The entertainment giant, which has 116 attractions in 24 countries, is foraying into Indian market with an investment of 50 million pound, which will be spent in over 10 years.
Here are five things you should know about the upcoming museum:
- The museum, set to opened in June this year, will be spread across the first and second floors of the iconic Regal Cinema complex of Connaught Place. This would the 23rd branch of the interactive museum of wax sculptures that is counted among the top tourist destinations in London. The cinema complex is a heritage building.
- The Delhi Museum will boast over 50 wax figures. Apart from celebrities, politicians, musicians and sportspersons, the museum will also put to display statues of international celebrities and people of historical significance. It is reported that there will be 6:4 ratio between the wax figures of domestic and global celebrities.
- The interactive museum will be able to accommodate about 500 visitors at a time. It is likely to attract visitors, local as well as international in great numbers. From a commercial point of view, this could add to the coffers of the tourism industry. In 2016, London with its Madame Tussauds, Buckingham Palace and Big Ben was one of the top vacation destinations for Indians. We can hope for a similar success story for those looking at India from this point of view. Apart from the wealth of heritage sites across Delhi and its vicinity, this addition means good for commerce in and around the city be it hospitality or tourism industry.
- While Madame Tussauds has museums in about 22 locations across the world, all the wax statues put to display at locations across the world are made at a creative workshop in London, with an aim to maintaining their unique quality. Reportedly, it takes about four months, a team of 20 sculptors and a cost of Rs 1.5 crore to create one wax statue.
- Indians who already have their wax figures at international branches of Madame Tussauds include Prime Minister Narendra Modi and actors Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan and Salman Khan, etc.