Government begins process to offload Oceanarium

Lisbon’s Oceanarium is officially up for grabs, the government has announced in its official newspaper Diário da República.

It was already known for some time that the state planned to offload the state-of-the-art Oceanarium, but only on Thursday (April 16) was the final decision officially known.

BIG bank is currently available to provide information about the infrastructure’s tender to interested bidders, the article reads.

It is added that three main criteria will decide who wins the tender for the Oceanarium – the “highest bid” of course, the “merit of the bidders’ project” and prior experience in the zoo industry.

The government says it hopes the tender will attract interest from the “highest number of candidates, both national and from abroad”.

So far, it is still unclear what deadline has been set for the Oceanarium to be sold.

Built in 1998 as part of the EXPO Lisbon, the Oceanarium is one of the capital’s most important tourist attractions, receiving around one million visitors every year.

Last year, it was elected the second best Oceanarium in the world by Trip Advisor – only behind California’s acclaimed Monterey Bay Aquarium.