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Angry Birds Activity Parks being built at Finnish resorts

Samit Sarkar (he/him) is Polygon’s deputy managing editor. He has more than 15 years of experience covering video games, movies, television, and technology.

Angry Birds developer Rovio has joined with playground manufacturer Lappset and resort company Holiday Club for four Angry Birds Activity Parks, indoor child-oriented play spaces at Holiday Club hotels in Finland featuring the vengeful birds.

Construction is currently under way on two parks, one at the resort complex in Kuusamon Tropiikki and another in the skiing destination of Vuokatti. The latter will be the largest of them all, as part of a nearly 94,000-square-foot industrial estate including separate areas focusing on sports and activities such as skateboarding and BMX. Both are set to be completed this December, in time for Christmas. The other two activity parks will be built at the Holiday Club resorts in Saariselkä, scheduled for February 2013, and in Saimaa, scheduled for fall 2013.

Holiday Club chief executive Vesa Tengman said he is hopeful that the activity parks will serve as important tourist attractions for both Finns and international visitors. "We need more travelers besides from the neighboring areas Russia, Sweden, and Norway, also from the Central Europe [sic] and Asia such as China and Japan," he said. Rovio shares the same hopes, according to chief marketing officer Peter Vesterbacka, who added, "The investments of Holiday Club will increase the stream of travelers to Finland. It is also great that the world conquest of the Angry Birds Activity Parks will start from Finland, the home land of the birds."

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