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Old November 10th, 2005, 05:36 AM   #301
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Wong under fire as Disney escapes action in FEHD case

Disneyland should be prosecuted for preventing Food and Environmental Hygiene Department inspectors from carrying out their duties around the time the theme park opened, legislators said.

Wendy Leung
Hong Kong Standard
Thursday, November 10, 2005

Disneyland should be prosecuted for preventing Food and Environmental Hygiene Department inspectors from carrying out their duties around the time the theme park opened, legislators said.

Failing to do so, they said Wednesday, will send the wrong message to the public that Disney has received favorable treatment.

However, the government does not have enough evidence to make a prosecution, Secretary for Justice Wong Yan-lung said. Different and conflicting versions of events given by the inspectors and the theme park's management made a prosecution difficult to justify, he said.

FEHD inspectors went to the theme park on August 30 and September 6 to investigate complaints of suspected food poisoning.

The inspectors said they were asked to remove their caps and badges by a Disney staff member and the park's director of security, safety, fire and health services to "avoid causing distress to the park visitors."

If not, the inspectors said, they would not be allowed to enter the park to carry out their inspection.

The inspector who went to the park on September 6 said he did not proceed with the site visit as he could not agree to Disney's request.

However, Disney's director said he simply requested the inspector remove his cap and badge. He denied refusing entry to the inspector to any part of the resort.

Unionist legislator Lee Cheuk-yan was not satisfied with Wong's explanation. "Why do we have to believe what Disney said, but not our inspectors?" Lee asked.

This would only give the public an impression that the government is giving preferential treatment to Disney, he added.

Democratic Party legislator and barrister Martin Lee, responding to Wong's claim that prosecution was not justified because of the conflicting versions of events, said: "It happens all the time in courts. You can never judge if you don't pass through examination."

He said common sense indicated that the government inspector had no reason to lie.

Wong replied: "So does every case have to be judged in the court?

"If there is no reasonable prospect of conviction, it is waste of public funds," he said, adding that he would not rule out the possibility there had been a verbal misunderstanding.

However, legislator Audrey Eu, also a barrister, said: "Even though we take the Disney version into account - that it was just a polite request - it was undeniably wilful conduct, not accidental. The request is an interference of law enforcement, undoubtedly. A uniform is a symbol of authority."

The government sent the wrong message to the public on this issue, she said, adding, "now the government said it is not a serious breach of law. In the future, however, if anyone wants to do the same and says it is just a polite request, will this also be a legitimate excuse?"

Both the FEHD and Disney said they respected the justice secretary's decision, with Disney adding it had earlier apologized to the government.
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There are many Disneyland themeparks around the world. What is Disneyland in HK special?
There is a dedicated rail service to the Park, as well as the only Disney Park that can be reached by ferries. It also has a mountainous backdrop and is right next to the sea. Can you imagine one minute you are in the famous HK harbour viewing the skyline and within 20 minutes you are in the Disney Park.
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HK park cuts Walt Disney earnings by US$100m

Hong Kong Disneyland, which opened in September, cut Walt Disney's earnings by about US$100 million (HK$780 million) in the year ended October 1, the US entertainment group revealed.

Mark Lee
Hong Kong Standard
Saturday, November 19, 2005

Hong Kong Disneyland, which opened in September, cut Walt Disney's earnings by about US$100 million (HK$780 million) in the year ended October 1, the US entertainment group revealed.

"The order of magnitude of impact because of the pre-opening of [Hong Kong Disneyland] was about US$100 million on [the group's] consolidated income in [fiscal] 2005," Walt Disney chief financial officer Thomas Staggs told analysts in a telephone conference on the firm's full-year results.

The entertainment giant, whose portfolio includes the Pixar and Miramax film studios and the ABC cable television networks, in addition to several other theme parks, reported net profits rose 8 percent to US$2.53 billion in the year ended October 1 after sales increased 3.8 percent to US$31.94 billion.

"We are not making any predictions for the profitability of Hong Kong [Disneyland] in 2006," Staggs said. "It is still very early days."

Walt Disney has so far declined to disclose any information about visitor numbers to the park, though its recent move to reduce ticket prices by HK$50 had been interpreted by some market watchers as a sign that visitor numbers failed to meet company's targets.

In the three months to October 1, combined revenues at Hong Kong Disneyland and Euro Disney in France were US$404 million, compared to US$383 million for the same period last year, when the Hong Kong theme park had yet to open. However, a comparison of the numbers is difficult, as it is impossible to deduce the size of Hong Kong Disneyland's contribution, and Euro Disney's figures are subject to currency fluctuations.

Walt Disney paid US$314 million for its 43 percent stake in Hong Kong Disneyland, a joint venture with the SAR government, whose contribution was more than US$2.1 billion. The park, which cost US$3.5 billion in total, also took on US$1 billion in borrowings from banks and the government.
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There is a dedicated rail service to the Park, as well as the only Disney Park that can be reached by ferries. It also has a mountainous backdrop and is right next to the sea. Can you imagine one minute you are in the famous HK harbour viewing the skyline and within 20 minutes you are in the Disney Park.
Yeah I can imagine my total disinterest in the Disney Park and my urgent desire to return to Hong Kong Harbour as soon as possible.
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HK PRESS: HK Disneyland Attendance Lower Than Forecast
20 November 2005

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--The number of visitors to the Hong Kong Disneyland theme park is running below government forecasts two months after its opening, the South China Morning Post reports.

Four SCMP reporters counted 12,972 visitors passing through Disney's turnstiles Sunday, Nov. 13, and 11,399 Wednesday, Nov. 16, the report says. The government has said it expected 5.6 million visitors to the park in its first year of operation, equating to an average daily attendance of 15,342, the report says.

Rail operator MTR Corp. (0066.HK) said its Disneyland Resort line usually carries 10,000 riders a day on weekdays and 20,000 on Sundays, though not all of those may pay for entrance to the theme park, the report says.

A Disney spokeswoman called the Post's count 'flawed,' but declined to give the company's own figures, the report says. A Tourism Commission spokeswoman said the Hong Kong government, which is the majority owner of the park, won't disclose attendance figures for commercial reasons, the report says.

The government paid US$2.4 billion for the park's construction, while Walt Disney Co. (DIS) paid over US$314 million, according to official figures.
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Hong Kong Disneyland Lures 1 Mln Visitors Since Debut

Nov. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Hong Kong Disneyland, Walt Disney Co.'s first theme park in China, attracted more than 1 million visitors in its first 100 days of operation, putting it on track to achieve attendance goals, the company said.

Disney expects the Hong Kong resort to attract 5.6 million visitors in its first year, Parks and Resorts Chairman Jay Rasulo, 49, said today in an interview. The attendance numbers are the first that Burbank, California-based Disney has provided for the park since Hong Kong Disneyland opened Sept. 12.

The park, which has faced local publicity over pollution from its fireworks displays and working conditions for its staff, cut admission prices by HK$50 ($6.45) for the city's residents between Nov. 8 and Dec. 8. Weekend prices were cut to HK$300 and weekday prices were cut to HK$245.

"For a new theme park, you may need more time to build up people's interest," said Tai Hui, an economist at Standard Chartered Bank in Hong Kong. "The Disney effect on Hong Kong's retail and tourism industry has not been as strong as we originally expected," he said.

Disney's full year visitor forecast is equivalent to a daily attendance of 15,342. Its 1 million number for 100 days is equivalent to 10,000 visitors a day.

Since the Hong Kong resort opened, 49 percent of visitors have been local residents. Twenty six percent came from mainland China and the remaining 25 percent arrived from other countries, Disney said.

`Not a Peak Period'

"Our business in Hong Kong, like everywhere else, is seasonal," Rasulo said. "November is not a peak period."

Rasulo reiterated a company forecast that visitors from Hong Kong, China and other parts of Asia would each constitute about one-third of attendance.

Hong Kong Disneyland may help the company expand in Asia, spurring sales of movies, television and Internet programming. Chief Executive Officer Robert Iger in September said the company may open another park in Shanghai after 2010.

"Hong Kong Disneyland has become a successful launching pad for Disney," said Laura Martin, an analyst at Soleil Securities Corp. in Pasadena, California, who rates the company "buy" and doesn't own shares. "Success at Hong Kong Disneyland accelerates Disney putting more assets in Asia."

Shares of Disney, which have fallen 10 percent this year, rose 2 cents to $24.96 at 4 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading.

Disney spent HK$2.45 billion for its 43 percent stake in Hong Kong Disneyland. The Hong Kong government, which owns the remainder, invested HK$3.25 billion. It spent another HK$13.6 billion on roads and other infrastructure, and extended a HK$6.1 billion loan.

Tokyo Disneyland Park and Tokyo DisneySea Park, run by Oriental Land Co., for the year ended March 31 attracted 25 million guests. Disneyland Paris, run by Euro Disney SCA, had 12.3 million visitors in its year ended Sept. 30.
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Union launched by Hong Kong Disney staff

HONG KONG, Nov 28 (AFP) - Employees of Hong Kong Disneyland will launch a union to protect workers' rights and campaign for fairer treatment like Disney workers elsewhere in the world, a union spokeswoman said Monday.

The group, called Hong Kong Disneyland Cast Members' Union, would be launched on Tuesday and at least 100 people were expected to join, said union spokeswoman Elaine Hui.

She said complaints from the park's employees have increased since its opening in September and over 100 employees had complained about long working hours and unfair overtime payments from Disney's newest park.

"Our workers in Hong Kong seem to get the worst treatment compared with the other Disney employees in Paris, Japan and the United States," said Lee Cheuk-yan, general secretary of the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions.

"We hope that the union will have more dialogues and help improve working conditions for the employees," he said.

Lee said the Hong Kong staff members have a 15-minute break every four hours while the staff from other Disney theme parks get a break every two hours.

Hui said Hong Kong workers get their overtime payment based on monthly work hours of 195 while it was calculated on daily eight work hours for all the other Disney workers.

"Sometimes our workers may be required to work five hours a day or sometimes up to 13 hours a day which is a very cunning thing to do," Hui said.
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LCQ6 : Construction works of Hong Kong Disneyland
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Government Press Release

Following is a question by the Hon Choy So-yuk and an oral reply by the Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works, Dr Sarah Liao, in the Legislative Council meeting today (November 30) :

Question:

It has been reported that the construction costs of the facilities in Hong Kong Disneyland ("HKD") are excessively high, which casts doubt on whether the Government, being the major shareholder of the joint venture company of HKD, has closely monitored the relevant expenditure. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council:

(a) of the details of the construction costs of various facilities in HKD, to enable the public to assess whether such facilities are good value for money;

(b) of the criteria and procedure adopted for vetting and approving the estimated expenditure on the construction of the various facilities; and

(c) whether it will strengthen its efforts on monitoring the expenditure on the future extension works in HKD; if it will, how they will be strengthened; if not, the reasons for that?

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Madam President,

The financing of the Hongkong International Theme Park Limited (HKITP) comes to a total of HK$14.1 Bn, comprising equity injection made by the Government and The Walt Disney Company (TWDC), as well as loans provided by the Government and commercial entities. The portion related to the Government was approved by Finance Committee of the Legislative Council in 1999, and construction works of Hong Kong Disneyland were completed on schedule and within the approved financing arrangements.

According to HKITP, TWDC undertook the planning of all facilities in Hong Kong Disneyland with over 50 years' experience of building and operating theme parks. In doing so, TWDC has taken into account local circumstances whilst reflecting its own unique style and character. The construction materials and workmanship for every element within the park are subject to stringent quality standards to ensure that the design concept could be brought to life.

Hong Kong Disneyland is being run in accordance with the usual commercial principles and model of TWDC. In order to ensure that HKITP could secure the most favourable terms from contractors in future tendering exercises and that its bargaining position will not be affected, construction costs in the contracts should not be released.

During construction stage, the management company of Hong Kong Disneyland is required to report on work progress and expenditure to the HKITP Board of Directors. Under close monitoring of the Board, construction of Hong Kong Disneyland was completed on schedule and within the approved financing arrangements.
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加強培訓新入職員工
迪士尼允改善職安

03/12/2005
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【本報訊】有鑑於香港迪士尼樂園開幕以來,經常被投訴罔顧樂園表演人員的職業安全,立法會議員王國興及工聯會權委副主任葉偉明等,昨日與迪士尼高層會面近一小時研究改善措施,樂園方面答應願意改善,並承諾日後會定期與工會會面。

承認招聘過程有不足
王國興與迪士尼樂園行政總裁(營運)安明智,及人力資源服務總監莫家樂會面後表示,樂園答應展開多項改善,包括給予表演人員足夠時間進行熱身、減輕戲服重量,在聘請新員工時會依其體格安排工作,又會研究為員工安排兩套戲服更換,又表示已向員工提供化妝用的止汗劑及頭巾,以防溶妝影響眼睛。

對於員工投訴合約沒有列明工作範圍,王國興引述樂園指,樂園傳統希望各員工熟悉園內各項工作,以有效發展人力資源及培訓人才,就以跳舞人員為例,他們一天只有兩場巡遊,工作量不足,才會安排他們兼任接待員。

樂園承認,招聘過程存有不足之處,同意在日後培訓時,向新入職員工清楚說明工作範圍。至於僱員政策手冊的修改,只適用於一般的政策,如員工購買樂園禮品的折扣率,並不涉及僱傭條例。
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HK disneylad is the most famous theme park as of today..
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Disney park helps boost tourism in Hong Kong
Still, the city-island faces street protests and the potential threat of bird flu.

Jerry W. Jackson, Sentinel Staff Writer
7 December 2005
Orlando Sentinel

Hong Kong Tourism Board representatives were in Orlando on Tuesday to tout the Chinese territory and promote a multimillion-dollar marketing campaign that starts next year.

Among the pluses: Gross domestic product surged by 8.2 percent in the third quarter, boosted by the new Hong Kong Disneyland, hotels and development. That followed a 7.3 percent growth rate in the second quarter, revised upward from 6.8 percent.

Tourism increased 5.9 percent in September compared with the same month a year ago, and 7.6 percent to 16.9 million people for the first nine months of the year.

But Hong Kong faces challenges as well, with calls for more democracy filling the streets with protesters, and preparations for the possibility of a bird flu pandemic that could smash the golden egg of tourism.

"The protests were peaceful. It's another example of how Hong Kong really is working very well" since the handoff of full control from Great Britain to China eight years ago, said Jeffrey Shubert, regional director of the Americas for the Hong Kong Tourism Board.

Shubert said China has afforded Hong Kong considerable self-control, with no media censorship and the ability to start businesses and enjoy other freedoms. "People see that things have not changed for the worse," as many feared, said Shubert, who lived in Hong Kong for three years in the mid-1980s.

As for the threat from bird flu, Hong Kong is perhaps better prepared than any major city in the world because of its experience with SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, Shubert said. SARS brought international travel to a virtual halt in Hong Kong and other parts of Asia in 2003, when the mystery disease struck with little warning.

"They learned their lesson," Shubert said. "Hong Kong is much more aware of the realities of what can happen. They have taken major steps not only to prevent this [bird flu] but to prepare for it. They monitor everything that crosses the border, and they are obsessed with doing everything possible to deal with it."

SARS infected 1,755 in Hong Kong and killed 299 there before fizzling out for unexplained reasons.

Bird flu so far is mainly a killer of fowl, but scientists fear it might develop human-to-human transmission and kill millions of people. Some researchers say that still is unlikely, however, and the longstanding scientific thinking that pandemics occur with regularity has now been largely discarded.

Lillibeth Bishop, another Hong Kong Tourism Board representative from Los Angeles, said Hong Kong has more to offer than many world travelers might think, beyond the shopping and dining for which the city-island of 6.8 million people is best known. The recent opening of Disneyland grabbed headlines, but other new attractions and infrastructure have been added or are in the works, she said.

"Hong Kong is the only city in Asia in the top 10 world destinations for tourism," she said, and a new television ad campaign featuring Hong Kong is now running in cable-TV markets in key U.S. markets, including the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area. "Florida is very important to us, especially South Florida," Bishop said.

Among the new features in Hong Kong is the Ngong Ping 360, a cable-car-style "skyrail journey" attraction that opens in early 2006. It will give visitors a stunning view of the green mountain scenery of Lantau Island and access to the Po Lin Monastery and the Giant Buddha.

The new Hong Kong Wetland Park, near the Mai Po Marshes Nature Reserve, offers bird watchers a chance to see some of the more than 300 species that frequent the area.

Jerry W. Jackson can be reached at 407-420-5721 or [email protected].

BOX: Hong Kong Location: On southeastern coast of China. Size: More than 683 square miles, including Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula and 235 outlying islands. Population: More than 6.8 million. Language: Cantonese and English. Typical U.S. Traveler to Hong Kong: Singles and couples traveling without children, 45-60 years old with family income of $75,000 or greater. More information: www.discoverhongkong.com/usa SOURCE: Hong Kong Tourism Board.
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Discovering Disney
Books, 'outreach programs' were needed to ready the Chinese for Asia's 'happiest place on Earth'
But Disney's newest theme park on Lantau Island has made 'Mickey Mao' a hit

Bill Taylor
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26 November 2005

HONG KONG -- The little girl in the angel suit, complete with wings, halo and celestial pink boots, is cute but no cherub.

The cellphone dangling from her waist is a dead giveaway as she gallops hither and yon, turning from time to time to yell at her parents to hurry up! She's speaking Cantonese but there's no mistaking her message.

It is a small world after all, and getting smaller. There are times when the new Hong Kong Disneyland feels claustrophobic but, then again, the original Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. isn't very big either.

When it opened 50 years ago as "the happiest place on Earth," it was all about bringing different world experiences, albeit candy-coated, to Americans. Today, with Disney theme parks on three continents, it's all about selling candy-coated middle-America to the world.

But Disney is what Disney is. You either check your cynicism at the gate or go into sugar-shock as you board the Disneyland Express at the appropriately but coincidentally - named Sunny Bay MTA station. The transit authority is totally onside - the government has a 57-per-cent stake here. You can buy entrance tickets at Hong Kong station and the trains for the one-stop ride from Sunny Bay have windows and hand-holds with Mickey Mouse ears.

The park, a half-hour, $26 Hong Kong ($4 Cdn.) ride from the city centre, is on Lantau island, best known up to now for its gigantic statue of Buddha and Chek Lap Kok airport. This is close enough to the park that the thunder you hear isn't an approaching storm, but jetliners on final approach.

Visitors from mainland China are important to the success of the new park - though Hong Kong officials are said to be less than thrilled by plans to have a Shanghai Disneyland up and running by 2010.

Children in Hong Kong, which still has a strong Western presence, are far more familiar with Disney than kids in China. But the corporation did its homework well ahead of the Hong Kong park's opening, with a series of "outreach programs" on the mainland to introduce what some critics have called Mickey Mao. With Chinese government co-operation, some schools introduced Disney stories into their curriculum.

Pop star Jacky Cheung was hired to host a TV program showing classic Disney movies in Hong Kong and on the mainland. And a clothing chain, with more than 600 stores in China, started carrying Disney clothing.

When Hong Kong Disneyland opened its gates, everyone knew what the park and its characters was all about.

This is the smallest of the Disney parks, with a maximum capacity of about 30,000 visitors. It has three themed areas - Main Street, U.S.A.; Adventureland; and Tomorrowland. There are two hotels with a total capacity of 1,000 guests.

Many visitors, it seems, are unfamiliar with the whole theme-park concept, especially the Fastpass, which lets you book a ride time and bypass the line. In the first days after the park opened Sept. 12, many thought they needed a Fastpass simply to get on a ride. (Sept. 12 was chosen as auspicious by traditional Feng Shui consultants).

There have also been problems, in the first few days at least, of visitors smoking where they shouldn't - reportedly even in Sleeping Beauty's castle - spitting, going barefoot and letting their kids urinate in the flower beds.

On the day I'm there, business is brisk, everything is moving smoothly and the longest line is for pictures with Mickey and Minnie. There are far more adults than kids. Trains arrive full and people are snapping away before they're out of the station.

There's a Space Mountain rollercoaster with the usual warnings about not riding if you're pregnant or have a heart condition but, otherwise, the handful of rides are on the tame side.

The chance to get married here is reportedly already popular: "Begin your forever today," says the blurb. "Stage your intimate ceremony under the fanciful gazebo in the romantic surroundings of Hong Kong Disneyland."

There are three packages - Crystal, Emerald and Diamond, which costs $10,888 (about $1,650 Cdn.), "plus 10 per cent service charge per table of 12 persons. Minimum spending requirement applies." Included are "a comprehensive range of Disney background music; eight-tier fairytale wedding cake for photographs; a choice of Disney-themed fresh wedding cake; one luxurious night's stay at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel; six regular day tickets to Hong Kong Disneyland."

If you're really lucky, that little angel in pink boots might show up to bestow a blessing. Just remember - that halo isn't real.

Ticket prices go up in July and August, weekends and public holidays. Adult day tickets go from $295 to $350 HK ($45-$53 Cdn.); children 3-11, $210-$250 HK ($32-$38 Cdn.), seniors, $170-$200 HK ($26-$30 Cdn.). For information, visit www.hongkongdisneyland.com

Bill Taylor is a feature writer at the Star.
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it looks nice but small
Yes Sharpic20, I was there few weeks ago sadly to say it is very small and not as same as going to DisneyWorld. BUT I do like how they focus on detail, it is much better detail and layout on this one that ...let say Japan one, and the MTR Disney Line is very new and fun, it bring you right to the front door, Hotel part is nice but didn't check the price guess will be very pricy, food is good too and they have dim sum inside LOL...Overall is okay for a small park, remember when they just start building DisneyWorld in Orlando, people think Disney was crazy, but look at it right now. So I guess I just need to wait for it totally done before I reture again
Next time I go back to Hong Kong again, I think I going to OP, it is a better park.

If anyone can tell me where I can have free space to post pictures, I can show you guys my picture in Hong Kong
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Old December 14th, 2005, 07:11 AM   #315
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Philippine SEA Games gold winners get trips to Hong Kong Disneyland

MANILA, Dec 11 (AFP) - Filipino athletes who won gold at the just-ended Southeast Asian Games are getting an additional reward -- trips to Hong Kong Disneyland, courtesy of their corporate sponsors -- a spokesman said Sunday.

Philippine President Gloria Arroyo's husband, Jose Miguel Arroyo, who organized a foundation for the country's athletes, will give each a three-day trip to Hong Kong, including a Disneyland visit, said the spokesman of Arroyo's husband, Jesus Santos.

About 228 Filipinos won gold medals in 113 events during the games that were held in the Philippines from November 27 to December 5. Some 175 of them had already confirmed they would join the trip to Hong Kong.
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Old December 14th, 2005, 07:12 AM   #316
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Disneyland sells out for the first time
14 December 2005
South China Morning Post

Tickets to Hong Kong Disneyland sold out for the first time yesterday since its opening in September, and the tourism sector believes it could be attributed to the World Trade Organisation meeting.

The theme park made the announcement in a statement but refused to release the numbers. Spokeswoman Esther Wong Wing-han said walk-in tickets had sold out in three hours from when the park opened at 10am.

"We immediately released a statement to the media when we received news that tickets to the park had sold out at 1pm," Ms Wong said, adding that visitors who had already pre-purchased tickets were still able to visit the park.

But she did not reveal how many tickets were sold, nor did the company have numbers indicating whether hotel bookings had increased yesterday.

"We also do not have the maximum number of tickets available for visitors in a day," she said.

The park received much criticism last month for refusing to reveal attendance numbers. A count of visitors entering the park, carried out by the South China Morning Post last month, recorded 12,972 visitors on Sunday, November 13, and just 11,399 on Wednesday, November 16. It has said it has a maximum capacity of 30,000 visitors.

Travel Industry Council director Joseph Tung Yao-chung said the high demand could be attributed to the school holidays and the WTO conference.

"Mainland tours are not allowed to visit the Golden Bauhinia Square outside the Convention and Exhibition Centre because of the WTO, so I believe they have all flocked to the theme park," Mr Tung said.

A visitor to the park yesterday said she had had to queue for at least two hours for rides and some souvenir shop shelves were nearly emptied by shoppers.
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LCQ6: Management of HK Disneyland
Government Press Release
Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Following is a question by the Hon Margaret Ng and a reply by the Secretary for Economic Development and Labour, Mr Stephen Ip, in the Legislative Council today (December 14):

Question:

In late 1999, the Government and The Walt Disney Company set up a joint venture company - the Hong Kong International Theme Parks Limited ("HKITP") to build and operate the Hong Kong Disneyland. In its paper submitted to the Finance Committee of this Council for its meeting on 26th November 1999, the Administration stated that two non-executive independent directors mutually agreed by both shareholders would be appointed to the Board of Directors of HKITP. It has been reported that such appointments have yet to be made. Concerning the governance of HKITP, will the Government inform this Council:

(a) of the reasons for its failure to-date to appoint the independent directors and not regularly keeping this Council informed of the progress in this respect;

(b) of the action it has taken, since the establishment of HKITP, in regard to appointing the independent directors; and

(c) whether, in accordance with the principles of transparency in and accountability for public finance, it will publish all the directors' reports and audited financial statements of HKITP since its establishment; if it will, of the timing for that; if not, the reasons for that?

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Madam President,

In 1999, the Government and The Walt Disney Company (TWDC) formed a joint venture company, the Hongkong International Theme Park Ltd (HKITP), to develop and operate the Hong Kong Disneyland.

While the Hong Kong Disneyland Management Limited is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the theme park, the Board of HKITP exercises a supervisory role. The Board of HKITP currently has nine members. Five of them are appointed by the Government. They are the Financial Secretary, Secretary for Economic Development and Labour, Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works and Commissioner for Tourism. The other four members are appointed by TWDC. The Government and TWDC may, if they so agree, appoint up to two independent non-executive directors to the Board.

Upon the establishment of HKITP, the Government and TWDC have discussed the question of the appointment of independent non-executive directors. We consider that the primary objective during the construction stage of the theme park is to ensure the timely completion of the works within budget. Other than monitoring the project through the Board, we also set up a Steering Committee on the Implementation of Hong Kong Disneyland under the chairmanship of the Financial Secretary, which meets monthly to monitor the progress and expenditure of the Government's infrastructure works, construction of the theme park and other complementary arrangements. Under the Steering Committee, a works progress committee was set up to monitor the progress of the construction of the theme park and the Government's infrastructure works and deal with works-related matters. The Disneyland Readiness Committee set up in May 2004 coordinated interfaces of the work of various stakeholders in preparation for the opening of the theme park and monitor works progress. In view of the focus of the construction stage, both parties agreed in 2000 that it was not the appropriate time for the appointment of independent non-executive directors. The Board of Directors decided in 2000 that the appointment of independent non-executive directors should be made at a later stage. The Government briefed the Economic Services Panel of this Council in October 2000 of this decision.

Under the supervision of the Board and the Steering Committee, the Hong Kong Disneyland was completed on time and within budget.

Now that the Hong Kong Disneyland has entered the operation stage, there is a wider spectrum of matters for the Board to supervise. In line with our original plan, the Government considers it opportune now to consider the appointment of independent non-executive directors. The Government is in the process of discussing with TWDC the appointment of independent non-executive directors to the Board.

HKITP is a private company, there is no requirement under the Companies Ordinance for a private company to publish its directors' reports and audited financial accounts. Although TWDC invests jointly with the Government in HKITP, the Government has to respect the company's interests and its operation under commercial principles will not be compromised due to the disclosure of commercially sensitive information. As an international financial and business centre, we have to respect the right of a private company to protect its commercially sensitive information. The directors' reports and audited financial accounts of HKITP contain commercially sensitive information regarding the operation of the Hong Kong Disneyland. In accordance with its way of commercial operation, TWDC would not disclose individual accounts of its theme parks. But being a listed company, TWDC will disclose information on the performance of its theme parks in its annual report.

Thank you.
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More Flexibility Makes Hong Kong Disneyland Easier to Visit

HONG KONG, Dec 14 /Xinhua-PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ - Experiencing the magic of Hong Kong Disneyland will soon be easier than ever with the introduction of flexible date tickets. Starting January 3, 2006, guests may purchase non-date specific tickets and use them during a 6-month period following their purchase.

The new tickets are part of Hong Kong Disneyland's commitment to making the guest experience as seamless and magical as possible, while allowing greater flexibility in planning a full day of fun at the park.

"Our parks are always evolving and we receive a steady stream of feedback which allows us to adapt in order to make a great experience even better. Our guests and travel industry partners around Asia have told us they want the opportunity to buy tickets that are not date specific. As a result, we're happy to introduce new flexible tickets that will make planning a visit to Hong Kong Disneyland easier and more convenient," said Roy Tan Hardy, Vice President, Marketing, Hong Kong Disneyland.

The Honorable Howard Young, Legislative Counselor representing Tourism Functional Constituency, said, "The new strategy enhances and widens the partnership with the tourism industry. I am confident it will bring win-win results."

Hong Kong Disneyland will offer three types of park tickets (for more information, guests can visit hongkongdisneyland.com ):

Regular days -- Monday - Friday
(Adults HK$295, Kids HK$210, Seniors HK$170)

Peak days -- Weekend and certain vacation periods
(Adults HK$350, Kids HK$250, Seniors HK$200)

Special days -- Holidays or other date-specific special occasions
(e.g. Christmas Day, New Year's Day and days during Chinese New Year and Golden Week). Peak days and Special days (priced the same) are expected to be very popular with guests.

Guests who purchase Regular day and Peak day tickets can visit the park on the same day type within six months of their ticket purchase. Guests who purchase Special day tickets will receive a date-specific ticket for their chosen date.

For guests who already have purchased date-specific tickets, they can exchange the original tickets for the new flexible tickets at Guest Relations window at the Main Gate at the front of Hong Kong Disneyland Park.

"This new ticket offering means our travel industry partners will be better able to provide options to Mainland China and overseas guests who will want flexibility when visiting Hong Kong Disneyland," said Hardy.

Tickets to Hong Kong Disneyland are available through a variety of channels: Travel agents, online at hongkongdisneyland.com , the Hong Kong Disneyland Ticket Express at MTR Hong Kong Station, the Main Gate at the front of Hong Kong Disneyland Park and Group Sales office for groups of 100 and larger.

About Hong Kong Disneyland

Located on lush Lantau Island overlooking Penny's Bay, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is a brand-new, world-class family entertainment and recreation center consisting of a magical, Disneyland-style theme park of shows and attractions, Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel (400 guestrooms), Disney's Hollywood Hotel (600 guestrooms) and Inspiration Lake, a public area featuring boat rentals and a 3.5 hectare arboretum. Offering guests of all ages a full day immersed in imagination and creativity uniquely Disney, Hong Kong Disneyland is home to Mickey Mouse, Snow White, Mulan and other Disney characters beloved the world over.

A joint venture of The Walt Disney Company and Hong Kong SAR Government, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort employs 5,000 cast members. The HKSAR Government estimated the first phase of the project will generate a present economic value of HK$148 billion (US$19 billion) in benefits to Hong Kong over a 40-year period. The project was announced in 1999 and construction began in 2003.
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Very nice pics, the castle looks smaller than the one in Paris..
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