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Marine theme park sets record as Disneyland struggles ,The Raw Story,1st Nov 2006

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  • Marine theme park sets record as Disneyland struggles ,The Raw Story,1st Nov 2006

    Marine theme park sets record as Disneyland struggles dpa German Press Agency
    Published: Wednesday November 1, 2006
    Hong Kong- More than 500,000 people visited the Ocean Park marine theme park in October to set a new monthly attendance record, a media report said Wednesday. By comparison Hong Kong Disneyland, the joint venture park developed by the Hong Kong government and Walt Disney Co, has struggled to meet its attendance targets, the South China Morning Post said.

    Ocean Park chief executive Tom Mehrmann said: "Our October figures showed that over 70 per cent of our guests were locals."

    Records show Ocean Park, which includes marine attractions such as dolphins and seals together with more traditional theme park rides, had an average daily attendance of more than 16,000 people.

    The Disneyland theme park, meanwhile, attracted 5,000 visitors on several days, although attendance jumped to 11,000 people a day at the start of China's week-long National Day holiday at the beginning of October.




    Source: The Raw Story

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    Re: Marine theme park sets record as Disneyland struggles ,The Raw Story,1st Nov 2006

    Wow.

    That's a really big font.
    I don't mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that's how it comes out. - Bill Hicks

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      Re: Marine theme park sets record as Disneyland struggles ,The Raw Story,1st Nov 2006

      Don't think this is a total shocker. It was to be almost expected. HKDL needs attractions added badly and the Marine park is fresh and new right now.

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      Seems I made a mistake. I thought this was a new park I had been reading about that was being discused about being built. OOPS!
      Last edited by Jessicalover; 11-01-2006, 04:11 AM.
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        Re: Marine theme park sets record as Disneyland struggles ,The Raw Story,1st Nov 2006

        Originally posted by Jessicalover View Post
        Don't think this is a total shocker. It was to be almost expected. HKDL needs attractions added badly and the Marine park is fresh and new right now.

        Ocean Park is like 20 years old!,

        And a pretty average park beautiful Views of the Ocean, but old rides that hurt alot, HKDL just needs to beef up its attractions and get some great reviews

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          Re: Marine theme park sets record as Disneyland struggles ,The Raw Story,1st Nov 2006

          bigglesworth003 Ocean Park is like 20 years old!,
          It's not that big deal just a misunderstanding on my part. I though they where talking about the new park that was going to be built there. Well, then that sucks kind of bad doesn't it. Still like I said before HKDL needs more attractions.
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            Re: Marine theme park sets record as Disneyland struggles ,The Raw Story,1st Nov 2006

            HK Ocean Park is celebrating its 30th Anniversary soon.

            Ocean Park, a government-owned theme park that competes in Hong Kong with Walt Disney Co., yesterday said visitor numbers jumped 13 percent to a record in October. The park, which features roller coasters and a dolphin show, opened in 1977.
            Source: Bloomberg

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              Re: Marine theme park sets record as Disneyland struggles ,The Raw Story,1st Nov 2006

              Ocean Park likely to invite hotel tenders

              Wendy Leung

              Thursday, November 02, 2006

              Ocean Park is likely to call for tenders to build and operate three hotels on its land in the near future, it was disclosed Wednesday.

              Park chairman Allan Zeman said the HK$5.5 billion raised for its redevelopment plan did not cover the costs of the proposed hotels and that the build- operate-transfer model had been agreed in principle.

              The successful tenderers would be allowed to build the hotels and operate them for 20 to 30 years before turning them over to the park.

              He said a feasibility study was now underway and that the park would discuss the plan with the government by the end of this month. A final plan was expected early next year.

              "The preliminary plan calls for three hotels. One, the Ocean Hotel at the main entrance, will have approximately 600 rooms, the Fisherman's Wharf Hotel at the Tai Shue Wan entrance will have 450 rooms and the Summit Hotel and Spa will have 160 rooms," Zeman said.

              LCH (Asia Pacific) Surveyors managing director Joseph Ho Chin-choi said the BOT plan was rare for hotels.

              "As far as I know, this is the first time the model is being used for hotels. It is normally used for public facilities, such as tunnels, but never in hotels," Ho said.

              One reason for the current scheme, Ho said, was because Ocean Park's redevelopment plan was already large and the management did not want to incur further risks of investing in three hotels.

              "But the disadvantage is that the theme park will not be able to share in the profits should the hotels turn out to be profitable," Ho said.

              He also said since the land use of Ocean Park was only for recreational purposes, it may have to pay a land premium before building hotels within the area.

              Zeman said if there was a need to pay a land premium, it will probably be borne by the tenderers.

              Most hotels in Hong Kong are either built and operated by developers or built by developers and operated by hotel management companies.

              The Federation of Hong Kong Hotel Owners executive director Michael Li Hon-shing said developers would consider bidding for hotels if they were located in prime areas and had prosperous investment prospects.

              "The interest of developers for the proposed hotels at Ocean Park would depend on such factors as the facilities and transportation systems nearby, and whether the southern section of the island will be developed into a resort for family tourism," Li said.

              A groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of the five-year redevelopment is planned for November 23.

              "We have invited Financial Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen to officiate at the ceremony. There will be some special events and it will be a lot of fun," Zeman said.

              He said the date and time were picked by feng shui expert Peter So Man-fung.

              Renovation work will begin with the front gate and with priority being given to the building of a vet hospital to protect the animals.

              The redevelopment, first announced in March 2005, is aimed at making the Aberdeen attraction a much-improved marine-based theme park.

              The HK$5.5 billion in funding consists of a HK$4.16 billion, 15-year syndicated bank loan and a 25-year HK$1.38 billion loan from the government.
              The theme park is expected to attract five million visitors annually after the revamp.
              Source: HK Standard News

              Its quite interesting that the same Feng Shui Expert Peter So Man-Fung is also the same guy who did the Feng Shui for HK Disneyland.
              Last edited by PennysBayChronicle; 11-01-2006, 09:09 PM.

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                Re: Marine theme park sets record as Disneyland struggles ,The Raw Story,1st Nov 2006

                Way to go Ocean Park and whats this a Disneyland park thats actually being beaten by a rival theme park,never happen before.Just proves how cluless management were when it signed and agreed the budget for this park.Oh well back to the drawing boards hey.
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