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Madame Tussauds Delhi unveils wax statue of legendary cricketer Kapil Dev

Museum to be opened for public in Delhi in Q3 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017, 12:55 Hrs  [IST]
HBI Staff |New Delhi

Merlin Entertainments India Pvt. Ltd., promoters of Madame Tussauds Museum Delhi, has unveiled the wax statue of legendary cricketer Kapil Dev. The wax statue will share space with 50 other wax statues at the upcoming Madame Tussauds Museum in centre of Delhi at Regal Building. The museum is scheduled for opening in quarter three this year close to Diwali.

The wax statue was unveiled by Kapil Dev himself at an event held in Delhi today in the presence of Anshul Jain, General Manager of Merlin Entertainment India.

Later speaking to Hospitality Biz, Jain said that the Madame Tussauds Delhi will be different from other 22 museums because of its focus on local theme. 60% of the figures at the Delhi musueum will be Indian from fields like film, sportsmen, leaders, singers, etc., rest 40% will be global figures, he said. Talking specifically about Madame Tussauds ability to attract visitors to the city, Jain said that over 550 million people have visited Madame Tussauds museums across the world since the first museum was set up in London in 1835. “This will be the first international standard museum in all of India and therefore will be transformational,” he said.

 Commenting on the popularity of Madame Tussauds with Indian travelers, Jain said that an estimated 1.5 lakh Indians visited their London Museum in 2015 and 50% of the overseas visitors to Singapore Madame Tussauds are Indians.

 
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