The Middle Kingdom was opened in 1990 as a representation of 5,000 years of Chinese history. With the tremendous and quick growth of tourism into China throughout the 1990's, the demand to see a representation in Hong Kong has lessened continually.
"Expectations and requirements of today's visitors for a theme park have changed dramatically and are much more demanding than they were 10 years ago. We believe that to ensure Ocean Park continues to be a vibrant and exciting attraction for Hong Kong residents and be able to contribute to the overall tourism offering of Hong Kong, we must continually update our facilities to meet the demands of its visitors." Said Mr. Randolph Guthrie, Chief Executive of Ocean Park.
"Recently opened attractions such as the Mine Train and Pacific Pier have received excellent response in the market place. Soon to be opened this summer, The Abyss Turbo Drop and the new Adventure Bay development scheduled for completion in 2003 are additional examples of Ocean Park's commitment to continually enhance its facilities for the enjoyment of our visitors." Mr. Guthrie also remarked.
Ocean Park is planning to redevelop its Middle Kingdom to meet the evolving needs and high expectations of today's market place. The redevelopment plan aims to create a world class Retail, Dining and Entertainment facility for the people of Hong Kong as well as international visitors.
Part of the Middle Kingdom facility will be closed from March 2, 2001 and Ocean Park will relocate its gates at the Tai Shue Wan entrance to open up the entire Middle Kingdom to the public without an admission charge. Additionally, an immediate plan will be the launch of a dinner theatre product titled "The Glory of the Forbidden City" at Empress Theatre in June, 2001. This product has received excellent feedback following two recent previews to the travel trade and local business community.
With the planning and changes in required skills of the staff, some employees will be affected. The Park will endeavor to re-deploy those concerned to other departments where vacancies exist. Concurrently, they will be compensated according to the guidelines set by the Labor Ordinance and an additional ex-gratia payment.
"We believe that the redevelopment plan by Ocean Park is essential and more importantly, it will benefit our numerous visitors from Hong Kong and overseas." Concluded Mr. Guthrie.
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