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Vancouver Aquarium tickets sell out in 'overwhelming' display of support since announcing closure

There is no reopening date set for the Vancouver Aquarium
Sea otter pile at the Vancouver Aquarium. Photo: Alan Berner

After the Vancouver Aquarium announced it was shutting its doors to drum up a better business model to weather the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic – support from the community has poured in, overwhelming its management and staff.

"We have been overwhelmed by the support," the aquarium detailed in a social media post, explaining that tickets until the facility's last day (Sept. 7) have all sold out.

"We’re so heartened to know our community wants to join us in saying 'sea you later' before our doors close for our transformation," the post reads.

Starting Sept. 8, the shuttered aquarium will "focus on transforming" its operation to manage an almost 80 per cent loss in ticket sales, as revenue, that has come as a result of the pandemic.

The non-profit aquarium was losing more than $1 million per month, Ocean Wise CEO Lasse Gustavsson recently admitted.

There is no reopening date set for the aquarium, which is operated by non-profit Ocean Wise.

Since announcing our temporary closure this week, we have been overwhelmed by the support—remaining tickets are now sold...

Posted by Vancouver Aquarium on Thursday, September 3, 2020