OCEAN PARK REPORTS BEST FIRST QUARTER IN 32 YEARS AND LOOKS TO STRONG ATTENDANCE WITH LAUNCH OF AMAZING ASIAN ANIMALS
(17 April 2009 – Hong Kong) According to the latest Attraction Attendance 2008 report released by TEA (Themed Entertainment Association) and ERA (Economics Research Associates) on 16 April, Ocean Park Hong Kong is the world’s number 15 theme park, based on annual attendance, which was 5.03 million for the 2007/2008 fiscal year.
Based on the same attendance figure, Ocean Park becomes Asia’s number five, and China’s number one, theme park.
According to TEA/ERA analysts, Ocean Park “continued its stellar performance, exceeding last year’s record attendance by 2.2 percent to above five million, fuelled by the “Year of the Panda,” and five effective seasonal events.”
Ocean Park Chief Executive, Tom Mehrmann, said, ”We are absolutely thrilled by the findings, which is an indicator and acknowledgement for all the efforts and total dedication of the Ocean Park team to deliver quality guest experiences. We also thank all the guests and business partners who supported us.”
Mr Mehrmann added, “We’ve created five successive years of record attendance, revenue, and surplus, and we have just seen the best first quarter (January to March 2009) in terms of attendance in the Park’s 32 years of operations. Our year ends on 30 June, and we are charting continued strong performance. As the new Amazing Asian Animals attraction area opens at the end of this month, we envisage a possible drive towards another record-breaking year.”
Amazing Asian Animals is eight-attractions-in-one 25,000 sq m area, and is the first project to be completed in the HK$5.55 billion Ocean Park Master Redevelopment Project, which started in 2006, to be completed in 2012/13, expanding Ocean Park’s attraction offerings from the current 35, to over 70. Next in line for completion will be the Ocean Express funicular system – the world’s only tunnel funicular system within a theme park. The 1.3 km journey between the future Waterfront and Summit areas will be an immersive themed undersea voyage experience. (See fact Sheet for Amazing Asian Animals and Ocean Express for further details.)
For the complete TEA/ERA report, please view http://www.themeit.com/TEAERA2008.pdf
About Ocean Park
Ocean Park is Hong Kong’s unique homegrown recreational venue with a heritage of delivering family fun and fond memories. Since its opening in January 1977 as a non-profit organisation, Ocean Park has developed itself to be a world-class attraction connecting people with nature, and recognised for its animal husbandry, research and relationship with the community. Over 90 million people have visited Hong Kong's premier park since its inception and Ocean Park has remained committed to offering 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.