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Close Encounter With Ocean Park For Guangzhou Residents

2008-04-10

(Hong Kong - 10 April 2008) Ocean Park unveiled its first thematic showroom in Guangzhou, in partnership with Guangdong Nanhu International Travel Service (Nanhu,) one of Guangdong Province’s largest tour operators. This marks Ocean Park’s latest initiative to strengthen its presence in this key market, following the opening of its Guangzhou Representative Office in August 2006. Pictures One and Two show members of the Ocean Park management team with Nanhu’s representative at the thematic showroom unveiling ceremony.

Ocean Park Chief Executive, Tom Mehrmann, said, “Mainland guests form close to half of Ocean Park’s total attendance, and a major proportion of this are guests from Guangdong Province, so this is a very important market to us. We’ve always enjoyed a great relationship with Nanhu, and we are really excited to take our partnership further with the opening of this thematic showroom.”

He continued, “Nanhu’s shop is centrally-located at the heart of Guangzhou City, at Zhongshansan Road, just opposite the busy and very popular China Plaza. This perfect location enables us to be closer to our Mainland guests, making it that much simpler to experience Ocean Park’s unique offerings, and to connect with nature and our animal ambassadors. Guests who come into the shop for service and information will immediately be “transported” to Ocean Park, as this thematic showroom is specially decorated with many distinctive Ocean Park icons. We have also placed a replica of our cable car, and a statue of the mascot, Whiskers, for our guests to create the perfect photo opportunities, and to prepare them for the fantastic journey to fun and unique experiences at Ocean Park.”

Mr Mehrmann also said, “We will continue to develop and enhance our relationships with our many Mainland partners, and explore other partnerships and promotional opportunities in this important market.”

Getting to Ocean Park from almost anywhere in the Guangzhou area is also very simple as Ocean Park has developed comprehensive transportation packages with several land and sea operators, including Chu Kong Passenger Transport, Eternal East Cross-Border Coach and MTR Corporation.

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About Ocean Park
Ocean Park is Hong Kong’s unique homegrown theme park with a heritage of delivering family fun and fond memories. Since its opening in January 1977 as a non-profit organization, Ocean Park has developed itself to be a world-class attraction connecting people with nature, and recognized for its animal husbandry, research and relationship with the community. Over 85 million people have visited Hong Kong's premier park since its inception and Ocean Park has remained committed to offer adults and children experiences that blend entertainment with education and conservation. Part of the proceeds from the Ocean Park admission tickets and some retail items will go to Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong to support its wildlife conservation projects.

Picture 1:Tom Mehrmann, Chief Executive of Ocean Park, and Spark Chen, Vice General Manager of Guangdong Nanhu International Travel Service, at the unveiling ceremony of the thematic showroom.
Picture 1:Tom Mehrmann, Chief Executive of Ocean Park, and Spark Chen, Vice General Manager of Guangdong Nanhu International Travel Service, at the unveiling ceremony of the thematic showroom.
Picture 2: ( Left to right):Paul Pei, Executive Director, Sales and Marketing; Tom Mehrmann, Chief Executive of Ocean Park; Spark Chen, Vice General Manager of Guangdong Nanhu International Travel Service (Nanhu); Matthias Li, Deputy Chief Executive of Ocean Park; Rosalind Siu, Sales Director of Ocean Park; Alfred Ma, Ocean Park’s Chief Representative – Southern China; Ocean Park’s mascots Whiskers and Swift, seen at the unveiling of Ocean Park’s first thematic showroom in Mainland China with joint venture partner, Nanhu.
Picture 2: ( Left to right):Paul Pei, Executive Director, Sales and Marketing; Tom Mehrmann, Chief Executive of Ocean Park; Spark Chen, Vice General Manager of Guangdong Nanhu International Travel Service (Nanhu); Matthias Li, Deputy Chief Executive of Ocean Park; Rosalind Siu, Sales Director of Ocean Park; Alfred Ma, Ocean Park’s Chief Representative – Southern China; Ocean Park’s mascots Whiskers and Swift, seen at the unveiling of Ocean Park’s first thematic showroom in Mainland China with joint venture partner, Nanhu.