Most active FDI companies in the leisure and entertainment industry

Exhibitora Mexicana Cinepolis has been the most active leisure and entertainment investor between Q1 2019 and Q3 2023, according to GlobalData’s FDI Projects Database.

Greenfield foreign direct investment is when a company invests abroad to establish a new physical presence or expand an existing operation. Greenfield investments create jobs and/or involve a capital investment in the foreign location. Other forms of foreign direct investment, such as mergers and acquisitions, are not included as part of this definition.

The majority of Exhibidora Mexicana Cinepolis’ investments were in the theaters and entertainment venues subsector. In fact, 100% of its total foreign investment was in this sub-sector. It also created projects across a further 1 sub-sectors.

By business function, most (100%) of Exhibitora Mexicana Cinepolis projects were related to construction.

The company has been active across three world regions, mainly focused on the Middle East, which received 75% of the company’s greenfield investments between Q1 2019 and Q3 2023. Its top three destination countries (by number of green FDI projects) were Saudi- Arabia, India and Oman. Together, these three countries account for 75% of its total leisure and entertainment investments.

Exhibitora Mexicana Cinepolis created more FDI projects in 2019 compared to any other year between Q1 2019 and Q3 2023.

Other leading FDI project generators in the leisure and entertainment industry include The Void, Golf Digest Online, FC Barcelona and Real Betis BalompiƩ.

The US is the leading source market for outbound leisure and entertainment greenfield FDI projects. The country accounts for 26.1% of the total outbound investment projects for leisure and entertainment. There have been 65 unique US parent companies that have announced leisure and entertainment FDI projects between Q1 2019 and Q3 2023.

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To further understand the top leisure and entertainment FDI companies, access GlobalData’s Top Leisure and Entertainment Foreign Direct Investment Companies report.


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