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Dramatic decline in visitation sees Ocean Park lose over a million visitors in 2015
Hong Kong theme park Ocean Park saw its visitor numbers dip by 14% in 2015, slipping by over a million visits from 7.8 million visits – the highest number ever recorded – in 2014 to 6.7 million last year..
Ocean Park Corporation Chairman Leo Kung blamed the fall on a drop in visitors from mainland China coming to Hong Kong, with mainland visitors to the theme park falling by over 20%.
With their numbers having grown in recent years, mainland visitors make up half of visitation to Ocean Park while local visitors make up around 30 to 35% of the park’s total. However, there was an upward trend in locals visiting the amusement park due to promotions targeted towards them in January. There was also a rise in Indonesian and Filipino visitors.
Despite the overall fall, the park said that all the employees would receive a pay rise of up to 6%, as well as a bonus equivalent to one month’s salary.
Despite of the fall in numbers, Kung indicated that revenues had largely held up with yield per visitor rising and said there are no plans to cut entrance ticket prices.
Mindful of competition from the Shanghai Disney Resort, which opens in June, the park is unveiling new features and promotions to attract more tourists, particularly from India.
The theme park will also start the construction of its Fullerton Hotel next year.
The 460 room facility is expected to open by 2020 while its new waterpark is expected to be operational in 2018.
5th February 2016 - DISNEY TO PRICE SHANGHAI THEME PARK TICKETS CHEAPER THAN HONG KONG
28th January 2016 - HONG KONG GOVERNMENT LOOKS TO CULTURE AND SPORT TO ATTRACT VISITORS
7th November 2015 - OCEAN PARK WATERPARK TO MAKE A SPLASH IN 2018
7th October 2015 - OCEAN PARK LOOKING FORWARD TO GIANT PANDA BIRTH
17th March 2015 - HONG KONG DISNEYLAND PROFITS RISE AS VISITOR GROWTH SLOWS
4th July 2014 - HONG KONG NEEDS NEW ATTRACTIONS AND VENUES
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