Viacom International Media Networks, which owns the US television network Nickelodeon, has announced it will build an underwater resort and theme park on Palawan. The announcement has alarmed environmentalists like Greenpeace for fear of destroying the area’s world-famous marine ecosystem.
Viacom said that the park on Palawan island would be part of a 400-hectare (1,000-acre) undersea development showcasing the area’s marine life that would give fans a chance to “interact with the brand and the iconic characters they love.” Palawan was considered in the development for having “some of the most beautiful beaches in the world today,” said a representative from Viacom.
The Nickelodeon Palawan underwater theme park and resorted is purported to open in 2020. It will feature restaurants and lounges six meters (20 feet) below sea level.
Nickelodeon said that the development would actually “advocate ocean protection”, to counter the fear of environmentalists. Viacom’s Philippine partner, Coral World Park, has also insisted the resort would not hurt the environment because careful measures will be observed to ensure that the biodiversity is kept intact.
A petition to stop Nickelodeon underwater theme park was created, urging concerned cetizens to sign to show disagreement to the project.