Merlin splashes out on Istanbul aquarium

LEISURE giant Merlin Entertainments yesterday snapped up an aquarium in Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul, from Netherlands-based Global Aquariums BV. Merlin, which owns UK attractions such as Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Madame Tussauds and Legoland, is also rumoured to be planning a £3.5bn London flotation.