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Old August 15th, 2009, 06:54 PM   #21
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Park hoping price rise won't spook visitors
14 August 2009
South China Morning Post

Improving economic conditions have Ocean Park management in a cheerful mood as the park gears up for its scariest month of the year.

Park chairman Allan Zeman, who dressed up as King of the Underworld yesterday to promote its Halloween attractions, said visitor numbers were expected to rise in October, with the brighter economic outlook more than offsetting any impact from a 20 per cent rise in admission prices, starting from October 5.

"There were 500,000 visitors in October last year, and we are expecting a breakthrough this year," he said. "I understand some people would like to not have a price rise; I wish we could make it free but we cannot."

The 9th Ocean Park Halloween Bash will be held from September 25 to November 1, with adult tickets priced from HK$235 up to HK$825 for special party tickets.

The park is spending a seven-figure sum on this year's Halloween event, and plans to make it the scariest ever.

"There will be eight new haunted houses, 13 new shows and 80 daily performances and 404 wandering ghosts," Mr Zeman said.

New attractions include Hong Kong's first movie-themed haunted house, where visitors could encounter ghoulish characters from horror stories, such as "Ms Single Braid" and the "Vampire Catcher".

The park will also feature a haunted house designed by members of the public for the first time. Winston Li Ho-yin and Michelle Chau Man-yin, from Polytechnic University, beat 70 other competitors in April and will bring their haunted train station "Purgatory Express" to the event.

"We were often told ghost stories about railways when we were young, especially a story about the last train heading to hell," Mr Li said. "I would warn all the visitors not to hold the handrails as you never know what might happen,"

The park had planned to raise admission prices from HK$208 to HK$250 for adults and from HK$103 to HK$125 for children on August 1, but its board postponed the rise.
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Happy 4th birthday! Now what about kids?
10 August 2009
South China Morning Post

Le Le and Ying Ying, one of two panda couples at Ocean Park, turn four this month, which means they will soon be sexually mature, and wildlife experts hope the pair will start a family.

The amusement park threw a birthday party for the two mainland-born pandas yesterday, replete with an "ice cake" topped with fruit and bamboo shoots. They ate about half, then wandered away.

"The fourth birthday is very special for pandas because that's when they say goodbye to their childhood and become sexually mature," said Zhang Xiwu, director general of the Department of Wildlife Conservation and Nature Reserve Management under the mainland's State Forestry Administration.

Mr Zhang had brought the pandas two potted plants as gifts, which symbolised an extending family tree. "We are eagerly anticipating the arrival of the baby of Ying Ying and Le Le," he said.

Female pandas normally become sexual mature at 41/2, with the male following about one year later. The pair were given to Hong Kong two years ago to mark the 10th anniversary of the handover.

So what's the chemistry between Le Le, the male, and Ying Ying? According to Timothy Ng Sau-kin, deputy director of Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong, Le Le had yet to show affection for her.

Artificial insemination was an option, but the park preferred they mate naturally because this gave the cubs a better chance of surviving.

The rising hopes for cubs come as the mainland continues to get its conservation effort back to normal after one of its main panda areas was badly damaged in the Sichuan earthquake last year.

The Wolong Giant Panda Breeding Centre was almost destroyed in the May 12 disaster, and the nearby nature reserve, home to wild pandas, suffered landslides. At least one panda was killed and a second is still missing.

Secretary for Development Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, who attended the Ocean Park ceremony, said rebuilding of the main road leading to the reserve began in April.

Another 23 reconstruction projects for the reserve, for which the Legislative Council set aside HK$1.56 billion of an allocated HK$10 billion, had been approved and design work would begin soon.

Last week, Ocean Park announced half-price admission for people with birthdays in August. It follows a 20 per cent price rise slated to start on August 1 but which was postponed until October 5 after lawmakers questioned increasing the ticket price during the downturn.

Meanwhile, the park announced the launch of a new tunnel train system, dubbed Ocean Express, which will start service next month. Visitor trials will start next week.

Park chairman Allen Zeman said the park would get Chinese sturgeons in the last quarter of the year.
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Old September 7th, 2009, 08:40 PM   #23
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Residents rail at South Island Line Push to have entire link built underground
7 September 2009
South China Morning Post

Residents of Shouson Hill and Sham Wan Towers will start a campaign this week to persuade their Southern District neighbourhood to back them on a proposal that would put the entire South Island Line underground.

Designing Hong Kong, a group that has been helping the residents, filed an objection with the government against the MTR Corporation's design under which a section of the link between Nam Fung Road and Ap Lei Chau would be built as a viaduct.

A residents' group plans to send petition letters to every household in the district's major estates including South Horizons, Aberdeen Centre and Lei Tung Estate this week, urging them to also file complaints before the objection period ends on September 22.

Nelson Yeung, convenor of the residents' group, said that building the seven-kilometre extension that links South Horizons to Admiralty above-ground would not only spoil the district's scenery - especially the nearby nullah that is home to hundreds of egrets - but also bring noise and nuisance to the many who live near the rail line. That includes a hostel that caters for autistic and mentally ill people.

The arguments were put to MTR Corp and the government two years ago when the project was first approved by the Executive Council. Most of the residents and their respective district councillors had already given up hope after the MTR Corp said that changes would delay completion - scheduled for 2015 - by three years and add another HK$2 billion to the budget.

Moving the rail section underground would also mean closure of up to two-thirds of the Aberdeen Channel - an important passage for fishermen and a shelter for cruise boats - for three years. It would also require much larger-scale excavation in Wong Chuk Hang and push the new Wong Chuk Hang and Ocean Park stations deep underground.

But Yeung said the pain would be temporary. "There may be much nuisance during the construction period but, building it above ground, the nuisance will be permanent."

Paul Zimmerman, of Designing Hong Kong, said an above-ground Wong Chuk Hang station meant it was likely that the planned western part of the South Island Line would also have to be on a viaduct.

Their views, however, were backed by only two of the 21 Southern District councillors in a special meeting last Thursday.

Lam Kai-fai, a Southern District councillor whose constituency includes Lei Tung Estate, said he would be surprised if the new campaign changed anything.

"The people they are trying to persuade are those who actually travel to work by MTR. Three years of delay means a lot of inconvenience, but I bet many residents in Shouson Hill and Sham Wan Towers drive to work," he said.
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Sham Wan Towers have already ruined the scenery, those people have no say at first, IMO. The viaduct and bridge above the Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter will parallel and be similar to the existing two bridges. The new bridge won't change a thing for the Sham Wan Towers; and half of the flats face Wong Chuk Hang that don't even see the bridge. Why are they arguing?

If they try to push MTR to build the rail underground, why don't they just push MTR not to build something crazy for the channel crossing, but something as simple as the simply supported bridge. It is even more practical.

For those who lives in Shouson Hill, if they don't drive to work and anywhere everyday, and we can reduce the congestion at Aberdeen Tunnel. They are one of those contribute the traffic problem.

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And please, save the paper and be green. This is just pointless.
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Old September 14th, 2009, 12:40 PM   #25
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Ocean Express chugs off to glory
10 September 2009
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Visitors are making sure they have a ticket to ride at Ocean Park, where Hong Kong's first and only tunnel funicular train began running to a hearty response. The Ocean Express takes only three minutes to travel through its 1.3-kilometer tunnel _ just a quarter of the time it takes to cross from one end of the park to the other by cable car.

``We realized the current capacity of our cable car system will be inadequate for the new Ocean Park [after the completion of a HK$5.5 billion redevelopment project, of which the train is a part].

``We are anticipating an annual attendance of more than seven million around 2017. So we explored all in-park transportation options available,'' Ocean Park chairman Allan Zeman said at yesterday's opening ceremony. Actor Nick Cheung Ka-fai was a guest of honor.

A first-time Ocean Park visitor from the mainland was impressed with the train, calling the ride a ``very good experience.''

A local visitor said the express was better than the cable cars as it had air-conditioning.

The 400-seat train connects the Waterfront and the Summit areas and can transport up to 10,000 passengers every hour.

The 1.3km tunnel running through Brick Hill was bored using the drill-and-blast method.

The train was designed to look like a 19th century explorer's submarine with riders having a ``deep sea experience'' through videos flashing ocean creatures along the way.

The park has decided to postpone a planned hike in admission prices until October 9 in a bid to net Golden Week visitors. The admission price will be increased by about 20 percent to HK$250 for an adult and HK$125 for a child.
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Old October 14th, 2009, 05:13 AM   #26
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HK's Ocean Park Eyes Possible Overseas Expansion - Report
11 October 2009

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Ocean Park is preparing to argue its case for a more flexible interpretation of a 22-year-old ordinance governing its operations, with an eye on expanding overseas, the Standard reported Monday, citing an unnamed source.

Ocean Park's bid to expand comes in response to invitations over the years from countries including North Korea and India to establish joint ventures with overseas attractions, the newspaper reported.

A local-level official in mainland China has also offered land on which the theme park could duplicate its successful operations in Hong Kong, the newspaper reported.

The report said the ordinance governing the theme park limits the definition of Ocean Park to the 'public recreational and educational park called by the name and situated at Brick Hill.'

Brick Hill is on Hong Kong Island.
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Old November 3rd, 2009, 03:21 PM   #27
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Ocean Park ha ha ha!
A 32-year old Hong Kong icon is keeping it real, even as it sinks $1 billion into upgrading the park

31 October 2009
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The journey to the depths of the ocean is a perilous one. Passengers are huddled, the steady ping of the submarine signalling their descent. Through the portholes, they can see fish gliding by, until, suddenly, the vessel is gripped by the tentacles of a giant squid, Captain Nemo-style. But the vessel survives the onslaught. The door opens and passengers find themselves ... at the Summit of Ocean Park.

The adventure lasts three minutes, the length of time it takes to transport visitors from the park’s Waterfront to its peak in the Ocean Express, a tunnel funicular system that opened in September.

The ride is as multi-media as it gets at Ocean Park, said its chief executive officer Tom Mehrmann last week. The rest of the attractions are natural.

The Ocean Express is the second in what will be a string of new experiences in Hong Kong’s grand dame of playgrounds.

The 32-year-old park has been upgrading since 2006 in a $1 billion project to double its animal exhibits and rides from 35 to over 70 by 2012.

The first major area to open was the Amazing Asian Animals group of attractions in April. Among the exhibits are giant and red pandas, and over 300 goldfish collections housed in what looks like a traditional Chinese medicine shop.

In the next two years, the park will roll out a grand aquarium, rainforest trails, a thrill ride and a polar bear exhibit. Three hotels are also being built, making the park a veritable destination resort.

Come next year, though, Singapore will have two of its own. Will people fly four hours to be thrilled when they can very well do it at home?

“Singaporeans will always travel and when they do, we want them to come to Hong Kong,” said Mr Mehrmann. He added that the park complements Hong Kong Disneyland in doubling the appeal of the city as a fun getaway.

Ocean Park distinguishes itself from the competition, however, by focusing on nature-based attractions. It’s a formula that works. The park has had record-breaking attendance with 5 million visitors last year.

With 32 years of experience in the amusement park business, Mr Mehrmann believes that the success of a product is dependent on how it encourages social interaction. “I’ve seen some amazing technology come and go,” he said.

“At the end of day, people want to have fun with their friends and family in a safe environment,” he added. “They want to hear each other laugh. I don’t see that changing.”

So, there will be no high-tech rides through fantasy worlds in Ocean Park as long as Mr Mehrmann is helming it. His one concession is the Ocean Express. “But that’s transportation,” he said. “No one’s strapped in; people can still talk.”

The ride down from the Summit, by the way, will take passengers on a simulated journey to the earth’s core and the fabled lost city of Atlantis. Talk may be the last thing on anyone’s minds.

Halloween in Hong Kong

Ocean Park has one of the best-attended Halloween event of any theme park in the world, drawing about 500,000 visitors during a two-month Halloween period.

“We have eight new marquees every year,” Mr Mehrmann said, with over 400 talents to deliver fright and mayhem.

This year, Hong Kong horror directors Danny and Oxide Pang channel their imaginations in the Recycle house, which features a hell’s lift, cemetery and other creepy places inspired by the film. Meanwhile, Japanese spirits, vampires, and zombies haunt a lab, train and police station, to name a few stalking points. The event ends on Nov 1, so mark the date next year if you want to join the freak fest.
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Theme Parks Crucial for Tourism Growth
6 November 2009
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As Korea strives to become a superpower in tourism, it has no better Asian model to replicate than Hong Kong, a highly preferred destination for tourists all over the world. An icon of Hong Kong is the 33-year-old Ocean Park, one of the world’s most popular and sizable amusement parks, hosting over 4 million visitors annually.

The sea-life and animal theme park has been a benchmark model for similar ventures in Korea, such as Lotte World and Everland.

“Korea is obviously a very important market for us. One out of five Koreans visitors to Hong Kong have visited Ocean Park,” Tom Mehrmann, chief executive of Ocean Park Corporation, said during an interview with The Korea Times, Wednesday, at the Westin Chosun Hotel in central Seoul. “Korean airlines and travel agencies have been very supportive as well.”

Mehrmann and his delegation are visiting Korea to promote some of the new additional attractions at their park. They stressed that theme parks are great catalysts for success for any country that wants “tourism dollars.”

“Asia is becoming the focus of theme park development. Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and China are rushing to build them,” Mehrmann said.

China, in particular, has been forthcoming about theme parks. In a landmark move, China recently approved the construction of its first Disneyland in Shanghai. The $3.5-billion project makes it one of the largest-ever foreign investments there. Developments are also under way in Beijing, Gangzhou and Shenzhen.

“Theme parks are a major component of tourism campaigns and tourism dollars,” Paul Pei, executive director of sales and marketing, said. “This is because they are important for the growth of the surrounding community by creating jobs and new infrastructure. Also, theme parks offer a great opportunity for families to spend time together.”

Ocean Park has fared better than its rival Disneyland Hong Kong in terms of attendance and revenue. “Competition is good for improving our services,” Pei said.

Located on the southern side of Hong Kong, the park covers more than 870,000 square meters. It has connected guests with nature through education, conservation, and entertainment for more than 30 years.

Ocean Park houses 20 attractions featuring rare animals, including giant pandas, red pandas, and thousands of fish, bird, amphibian and marine mammal species. In addition, tourists can enjoy 20 ride attractions, including the iconic cable car with a fantastic view of the South China Sea.

“We are constantly evolving with new attractions and facilities, giving reasons for people to come back,” Pei said. “There is a saying that ’One has not been to Hong Kong until one has been to the Ocean Park.’ We offer unique experiences, such as the honorary panda keeper program, and our entertainment is also world-class,” Pei said.

As part of the re-development plan, Ocean Park recently launched an Amazing Asian Animals attraction, which includes rare animals. The third phase is to begin in 2010, and will include an aquarium featuring over 5,000 fish. Currently, the park houses 40 attractions which will increase to 70 by the end of the re-development.

The Ocean Park delegation visit comes at a time when cross visits between the two countries are on the rise. Last year, a total of 845,000 Koreans visited Hong Kong, posting a 9-percent increase from the year before, and 160,000 people from Hong Kong visited Korea, 15 percent more than the previous year.

What is it about Korea that Hong Kong people find worth seeing? “Seoul has unbelievable characteristics and is a wonderful destination,” Mehrmann said. “Korea has wonderful food and exciting day and night life. And don’t underestimate the merits of your seasons. You have winter and skiing ― something we don’t have in Hong Kong.”

Ahead of the official launch of a 3-year Visit Korea campaign, many Koreans are increasinlgy looking to learn from Hong Kong’s phenomenal tourism success. “The depth and breadth of experiences for tourists in Hong Kong are significant. Hong Kong offers a very compact range of services, whether it is shopping, transportation, hotels and etc,” Pei said.
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It is look like very amazing Is it finished yet?
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It is look like very amazing Is it finished yet?
It will take another 3-4 years to have everything completed, but infrastructures are opening as soon as they are done. So new things have been popping up in the past year or so, and more to come in the next few years.
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Yes - bit and pieces of the expansion are coming online. It's great Disneyland has brought more visitors and opportunities for Ocean Park.
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Ocean Park rings up the awards for marketing and promotion
24 November 2009
South China Morning Post

Asia's "world city" has received a few worldly commendations. At the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Expo in Las Vegas last week, Ocean Park was recognised by industry peers in more than 90 countries with three awards in the area of marketing and promotion. The park was acknowledged for its originality, creativity and excellence with two Brass Ring Awards. It won the best outdoor advertising prize for its Amazing Asian Animals campaign using public bus, MTR and shopping mall displays. It was also awarded best print advertising for ads supporting last year's Ocean Park Halloween bash. Further, the park's face-changing master performer received an honorary mention in the entertainment and performers category Big E award. Unfortunately, there is still no prize for a park executive's willingness to embarrass himself for the sake of promotion. Allan Zeman would be a shoe-in for that one.

Over in the field of hospitality, four Hong Kong inns kept their five-star reputations intact as the new Forbes Travel Guide (formerly the Mobil Travel Guide) was released in New York earlier this month.

The top local lodgings last year - Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Mandarin Oriental, The Four Seasons and The Peninsula - all kept their five stars. In Macau, Wynn Macau also retained top standing and is now joined by the Altira Macau, which was elevated from four to five stars.

In the spa category, the Oriental Spa in The Landmark Mandarin Oriental also made the jump, joining the Penn's Espa in the exclusive top rankings.
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The Hong Kong park that outdid the Mouse
5 November 2009
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As Mickey Mouse heads north from Hong Kong to Shanghai, he runs the risk of being followed by his Asian nemesis: Whiskers the Sea Lion.

Whiskers is the mascot of Ocean Park, a 32-year-old Hong Kong theme park that was widely expected to wither with the opening of Hong Kong Disneyland four years ago. But Ocean Park has unexpectedly thrived instead and is now reviewing requests for franchised theme parks from cities across Asia and the Middle East — including Shanghai, where the Walt Disney Co. has just obtained permission to open its next theme park.

Hong Kong Disneyland has stumbled repeatedly, starting as Disney’s smallest theme park and disastrously miscalculating the dates of the Chinese New Year during a promotion. Ocean Park has emphasized its Hong Kong and Chinese ties and gained attendance even in the first year after Mickey Mouse arrived in Hong Kong, when it had budgeted for a 25 percent slump in visitors.

‘‘I wasn’t really trying to kill the Mouse, but I think they didn’t really understand the culture and got it wrong,’’ said Allan Zeman, the 61-year-old chairman of Ocean Park, who has repeatedly grabbed the spotlight from Hong Kong Disneyland with stunts like d being shot out of a cannon.

Cities in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and across China have asked Ocean Park to open theme parks, Mr. Zeman said. Ocean Park is less likely to consider Shanghai until after the new Disneyland has been built and its performance can be assessed, he added.

Disney is already taking steps that suggest it has learned lessons from its experience in Hong Kong. The Shanghai theme park is slated to be enormous when it opens — 400 hectares, or 1,000 acres — instead of starting small and gradually adding one or two attractions a year, as Hong Kong Disneyland has done. The Shanghai park also has a somewhat less remote location than Hong Kong Disneyland — although neither can rival Ocean Park, a 10-minute drive from the Hong Kong business district.

A spokeswoman for Hong Kong Disneyland said that design work for the new Shanghai theme park would probably be done separately from Hong Kong Disneyland. She declined to discuss competition with Ocean Park.

When Hong Kong Disneyland opened in September 2005, it had an image as the Wal-Mart of theme parks — the American Goliath that would put local competitors out of business.

But organizers of mainland Chinese tour groups complained that the park was expensive, while Hong Kong residents groused that the park was aimed mainly at very young children. It has only one fairly large roller coaster, Space Mountain, while Ocean Park has three and is building more; Hong Kong Disneyland does not have animal attractions like the dolphin shows at Ocean Park or its four giant pandas.

Hong Kong Disneyland’s most memorable miscue came when it failed to allow for the full length of the mainland’s Chinese New Year holiday five months after it opened and made it possible to use discount tickets on the last three days of the holiday. Faced with throngs of visitors who were flooding the park, Disney security guards shut the front gates so quickly to halt the flow that a very unhappy young child was separated from his family and passed by the crowd over the green spikes atop the gate.

Ocean Park had 3.68 million visitors in 2004, the last full year before Hong Kong Disneyland opened, and 5.03 million last year. Hong Kong Disneyland does not report annual figures but said it had seen over 17 million visitors from its opening through the end of May 2009 — or an average of about 4.5 million visitors a year.

Ocean Park has stressed its combination of exhibits of pandas and other Chinese wildlife and more exciting rides than Hong Kong Disneyland’s.

National Geographic Kids magazine rated Ocean Park several years ago as the second ‘‘wildest’’ theme park outside the United States, trailing only a rival in Queensland, Australia.

‘‘Ocean Park is more fun — Disneyland is more for kids,’’ said Frankie Tong as he admired the pandas at Ocean Park on Wednesday morning while celebrating his 38th birthday at the park with his wife, Mandy Ma. ‘‘Disneylands are more or less the same in places all over the world — Disney is more American.’’

But Disneyland continues to enthrall the very young. Sam Wong, a 40-year-old civil servant, took his 5-year-old son, Keith, to Ocean Park because he thought it would be educational. Keith Wong said he would rather go to Disneyland, adding wistfully, ‘‘Disney has Mickey Mouse.’’
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Visitors to cash in on theme park alliance
The Standard
Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Fun times are set to roll across the region as Ocean Park teams up with 11 theme parks in a bid to bring in more overseas visitors to each venue.

As of yesterday, visitors to Ocean Park and 11 theme parks in the mainland, Singapore and Taiwan can enjoy a 10 percent discount on admission if they present tickets from any other member park, or a 15 percent cut if they are annual pass holders.

The promotion will last until December 31 next year, except at Beijing Aquarium, where it will continue till April 30, 2011.

Ocean Park is also seeking more strategic partners, such as in South Korea and Canada, according to park chief executive Tom Mehrmann.

The 11 parks in the alliance are Beijing Aquarium, Shanghai Ocean Aquarium, Shenzhen's OCT Happy Valley, OCT East Knight Valley and OCT East Tea Stream Valley, Panyu Chimelong Paradise in Guangzhou, Taiwan's Leofoo Village Theme Park and Hualien Farglory Ocean Park, and the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and Jurong Bird Park.

The discount for the next theme park visit is offered when the full admission price is paid at the first park visited.

"On top of adding value for our guests, we're hoping to strengthen the Ocean Park brand in overseas markets," Mehrmann said. "We want to attract tourists from the region and beyond."

He hopes it will ultimately be a win-win situation for Hong Kong's tourism industry as well as all the theme parks in the alliance.

An Ocean Park spokesman denied the alliance aims to counter the popularity of Hong Kong Disneyland or prepare for competition from Disney's upcoming park in Shanghai.

Travel Industry Council chief executive Joseph Tung Yao- chung said the discount will not only benefit consumers and the alliance but also help promote Hong Kong.
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Ocean Park profits plunge to less than half of last year's record high
3 December 2009
South China Morning Post

Slower ticket sales and increased spending on staff, shows and advertising reduced Ocean Park's full-year profits to HK$98.6 million, less than half of the record HK$204.7 million surplus last fiscal year, according to its financial statements.

Battered by the global economic downturn, which has hurt household spending and international travel, Ocean Park also faced swine flu fears, adverse weather and visa restrictions on mainland visitors, who accounted for almost half of its 4.8 million visitors in 2008-09.

The park's fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.

"Looking forward, we have wonderful opportunities for growth, in terms of spare land for further development, and our proven ability to build traffic from many geographic and demographic markets," chairman Allan Zeman said.

Financial statements show ticket sales dropped to HK$649.8 million from HK$681.9 million last fiscal year, while income from merchandise was HK$86.1 million, down from HK$88.9 million. But business at Ocean Park's restaurants and food stores improved from HK$115.5 million to HK$118.7 million.

Total staff salaries rose to HK$342.3 million from HK$323.3 million, and advertising and promotion expenses climbed HK$8.3 million to HK$54.1 million. There were slight increases in expenditure on repairs and maintenance, utilities, animal care, and shows and exhibitions, while the amount of donations shrank more than 30 per cent to HK$7.5 million.

In early October, admission prices rose, with adults paying HK$250, up from HK$208, and children paying HK$125, up from HK$103.

Ocean Park is embarking on an ambitious plan that will more than double the number of attractions from the present 35 by 2012. Most will be rides for families and exhibits. So far, a new Amazing Asian Animals exhibit has opened and a tunnel train system, Ocean Express, has begun shuttling visitors between the park's lowland and headland areas.

The park forecasts 5.8 million visitors a year by 2012-13.
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How Ocean Park rose to the Disney challenge
20 January 2010
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When Hong Kong Disneyland opened in September 2005 it was viewed as a major tourism cash cow that would help drive the city's economy.

The wholly government-owned Ocean Park, with a mandate to provide public recreation and education, faced intense competition. But it has risen to the challenge.

For the past three financial years it has beaten Disneyland on number of visitors, and has also made - with the exception of last year - increasing net profits. The figure has risen from HK$119.5 million in 2005-06 to HK$204.7 million in 2007-08. Even in 2008-09, despite the financial downturn, it still registered a net profit of HK$98.6 million.

Visitors to Ocean Park have grown from 4.38 million in 2005-06 to 4.8 million in 2008-09.

Hong Kong Inbound Tour Operators' Association chairman Simon Hau Suk-kei said Ocean Park had certain advantages over the Disney venue.

It had been established for 33 years and was better known to overseas visitors, whereas Disneyland had only been operating for four years, he said.

An Ocean Park visit is now a fixed itinerary for many inbound tours from the mainland, whereas a trip to Disneyland is optional.

"Visitors would have to pay an extra HK$400 and, given the location, they have to spend a whole day at Disneyland. Many therefore do not often choose to go," Hau said.

But he said that with the launch of the solo visitor scheme, many visitors from Guangdong were coming to Hong Kong specifically to spend a day or two at Disneyland.

"Currently, about half of these tourists will visit Ocean Park, compared with 20 per cent for Hong Kong Disneyland. There is a huge potential for growth for Disneyland."

He added: "An average visitor spends between HK$1,000 and HK$2,000 at Disneyland, but would only spend HK$200 to HK$300 at Ocean Park."

Dr John Ap, an associate professor of tourism at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, said it had taken about 30 years for Ocean Park to reach an attendance of nearly 5 million, while the Disneyland venue had been open for less than five years. "Don't be too pessimistic. We have to wait five more years to get a better picture [of Hong Kong Disneyland]," Ap said, adding that theme parks usually recorded no profit in the first few years.

Lawmaker Fred Li Wah-ming said the Disney venue suffered from a bad start, which affected its reputation and popularity.

"Hong Kong Disneyland was, until recently, governed by foreigners who do not understand the local culture or the characteristics of mainland visitors," he said.

"Now the management has changed, but it will still take time for the park to change."
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Park predicts half-a-million holiday
The Standard
Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Ocean Park expects half-a-million people to visit over the Lunar New Year holidays - 20,000 more than last year.

Park chairman Allan Zeman predicts 500,000 will visit between Saturday and February 28 - about 4 percent more than last year.

But the hoped-for figure falls short of his wish for a 10 percent surge on last year's holidays.

"We're hoping travel agents will bring in more tour groups," he said, adding that many will come from southern China.

Zeman is targeting a 5 to 15 percent year-on-year increase in the number of mainland tourists this financial year, which ends on June 30.

He is optimistic about business because the economy is picking up and consumers are more willing to spend.

Zeman also had good news for people who want to get married in the park over the holidays.

On Valentine's Day on Sunday, the park can make special arrangements to give lovers a "unique and memorable experience."

The service is free, but couples must tell the park of their plans three days in advance, he said.

The park is decorated with 99 peach blossom trees and an eight-meter tall Chinese lantern.

Its bird theater features more than 10 new species, including a steppes eagle, Lanner Falcon, Striated Caracara and Turkey Vulture.

Zeman said its Aqua City - one of the largest aquariums in Asia - will be unveiled after the summer.

There has been no significant boost in business due to the simplified Individual Travel Scheme which has made it easier for mainlanders to come.

But Zeman said the park has established itself as a brand and is attracting visitors from across the globe.

On the opening of Universal Studios Singapore, Zeman said Ocean Park, which entails more educational and environmental protection elements, is very different from its Singaporean rival, which features rides and films.

He believes Ocean Park can draw in more family tourists than Universal Studios.
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Koala pair coming to roost at Ocean Park
11 February 2010
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Ocean Park will receive two new additions to its animal kingdom - a pair of young koalas from South Australia.

The Australian icons will be flown to Hong Kong within the next two years, as a gift by the South Australian state government. But the arrival dates have not been fixed yet.

The male and female koalas will be housed and taken care of in a new habitat at Ocean Park. The theme park has never kept a koala.

The present was announced yesterday by South Australian Premier Mike Rann at a Lunar New Year reception in Adelaide hosted by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office.

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah said the gift signified the friendship between Hong Kong and South Australia.

"I wish to express my sincere thanks to the people and government of South Australia for presenting two koalas to us and entrusting Ocean Park to take care of these animals, which are the national icon of Australia," Tsang said.

He said with its extensive experience and expertise in handling marine and land animals, Ocean Park would be able to provide the koalas a healthy habitat and care.

Ocean Park also thanked the South Australia government, saying the koalas would become permanent residents of the park and serve as important conservation ambassadors.

It said South Australian government representatives paid a visit to the park in November and were impressed with its excellent facilities, education programme and conservation efforts.

"We are absolutely thrilled and grateful for this precious gift from the South Australian government," Ocean Park chairman Allan Zeman said.

"We will strive to leverage on Ocean Park's strong local connection and window to the world to tell the story of the koalas and their conservation messages to the local and international communities in vision of connecting people with nature."
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'Let me entertain you'
3 March 2010
China Daily - Hong Kong Edition

Allan Zeman is an extraordinary businessman, responsible for developing Hong Kong's tourism industry and about to tap into the mainland's potential. Guo Jiaxue reports

When evening falls during the week Allan Zeman usually leaves his office in Hong Kong's Central district and walks to Lan Kwai Fong to have a drink.

Seeing so many foreigners and locals drinking together and enjoying themselves makes Zeman proud because he developed the area about 20 years ago from being a street for hawkers into the heart of entertainment in Hong Kong, full of bars and restaurants.

Now, his mind is focused elsewhere: "My first mainland Lan Kwai Fong is going to open in Chengdu, in April."

Zeman was born in Germany, but raised in Canada. He used to import textiles from Hong Kong to the North American country, but his switch to tourism has made him a Hong Kong icon, where he is known as "Father of Lan Kwai Fong".

He is also known as "Mouse Killer", for saving Ocean Park, the oceanarium, from the threat of being overrun by Disneyland.

Zeman, who has been dealing with China for about 35 years, renounced his Canadian citizenship in 2008 and became a naturalized Chinese citizen.

Though he's a businessman, Zeman is emotional when he talks about his first trip to the country.

"It was like the moon," he says, of taking a train to Changsha, Hunan province. The grand scenery deeply impressed him.

"Every place I saw through the train window was like a picture, green, simple, not many cars," he says.

"Things we took for granted did not exist there, we had to book phone calls three days in advance, we played ping pong by candlelight.

"I could write a book about the changes that have occurred (in China)."

He also saw opportunities and believes that if you want to do business in a city, you should spend time there to understand its people and culture, then invest and hire local people for guidance.

After all these years, Zeman is acquainted with many mainland cities.

"Beijing is architecturally very beautiful, Shanghai is charming with both old and new," he says, but it was Chengdu that really impressed him.

He says a young government officer from Chengdu government had been very insistent that he should visit the city and it took some persuading before he finally agreed to go.

"But, when I got there, I was like, `Wow!'" Zeman says, adding he was bowled over by the easygoing nature of Chengdu people and their optimistic lifestyles.

"People go out every night, drinking and eating hotpot, enjoying life. I just love the city," he says.

He quickly decided it was the best place to open another Lan Kwai Fong, the first on the mainland, even though many others have tried to copy this idea.

"I take it as compliment," he laughs. "It has proved to be a successful brand."

Zeman is also planning to introduce a new Ocean Park in a mainland city, and a large shopping mall in Guangzhou.

He says he is focusing on the great potential of China's second-tier cities.

"The market (in these cities) is much less competitive, but is actually bigger," he says.

He says the advantage of an entertaining and dining district, like Lan Kwai Fong, has more benefits than just tourism. It brings people together.

"Hong Kong has Lan Kwai Fong, Soho, those places are growing on their own. Tourists like to go there, they want to meet the locals, hang out with them," he says.

He believes tourism on the mainland was not promoted appropriately in the past

"(Local) governments are getting better, more young people are involved now," he says, adding they are on the right track to do "world tourism".

As for Hong Kong tourism, there are additional pressures.

"Hong Kong needs to be careful. Around us, tourism is starting to boom. Everybody is pushing for tourism dollars," Zeman says.

Macao is growing rapidly on the back of its casino business, Shanghai is building a new Disneyland, Hainan has ambitious to become an international tourism island, Taiwan is considering opening up to gambling, Singapore has casinos and a movie theme park, while South Korea has the largest theme park in the world.

Zeman says Hong Kong is "surrounded". Even so, he is confident.

"I don't worry about Hong Kong's tourism. It's very lucky to be part of the mainland, it is like having an insurance policy," he says.

Mainland tourists are the guarantee of a bright future for Hong Kong for the next 15 years, he estimates.

"The history of Hong Kong, as a colony, gives the city a kind of romantic edge," he says, calling the place one of the must-see metropolises in the world, like New York or Paris.

Currently, running businesses in Hong Kong and on the mainland, Zeman is busy as a bee and he had to decline the offer of becoming the next chairman of the Hong Kong Tourism Board

Instead, his "outside of the box" thinking will be applied to creating tourism destinations to be proud of on the mainland.
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