Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Ocean Park Hong Kong names new Chief Executive

Ocean Park Hong Kong names new Chief Executive
March 31, 2016

Hong Kong theme park Ocean Park has announced that Matthias Li Sing-chung will succeed Tom Mehrmann as the attraction’s Chief Executive from July this year.

Li, 61, first joined the park as Finance Director and Corporate Secretary in 1994 and has served as Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer since 2007.

His appointment follows a five-month global search since the respected Mehrmann announced his departure from the attraction late last year and comes at a challenging time for what has long been one of Asia’s leading theme parks.

Amid a slowdown of inbound tourism to Hong Kong, 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.

As of June this year it will also face the challenge of the opening of the Shanghai Disney Resort.

Welcoming his appointment, Li stated “the tourism industry in Hong Kong is facing structural changes and my first job is to face it.”

In addition to continuing promotion efforts both overseas and on the mainland, Li said that Ocean Park is currently studying ways to grow its evening operations as the MTR’s South Island Line, which will link downtown Hong Kong to the attraction, set to open by the end of this year.

Li stated “people will be able to get to the park in minutes (and) we are thinking how to roll out evening events to attract local people after they finish work during the day and also tourists.”

Li added he was not worried about the opening of Shanghai Disneyland as Ocean Park had its uniqueness, especially its animals.

Ocean Park Chairman Leo Kung Lin-cheng said that Li was very good with numbers, and that the board had made the appointment decision after five months of global search.

The outgoing  Mehrmann has been in post at the attraction for 12 years.

Image (from left): Tom Mehrmann, Leo Kung and Matthias Li.

Related Articles

21st March 2016 - Ocean Park launches free Wi-Fi and new Mobile App to attract visitors

10th February 2016 - Dramatic decline in visitation sees Ocean Park lose over a million visitors in 2015

5th February 2016 - Disney to price Shanghai theme park tickets cheaper than Hong Kong

18th December 2013 - Special events and environmental messages to celebrate Christmas at Ocean Park

19th March 2013 - Ocean Park’s Mehrmann reveals waterpark plans

9th November 2012 - Carbon cuts spell cleaner fun at Ocean Park


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

METRA Australia

METRA Australia is your innovation partner for smart electronic locking, Access Control solutions and cashless payment systems to suit all types of leisure facilities.  Our team’s…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Fitness / Recreation / Security

 
 

TICKETSERV

As of 2018, TicketServ operates as SeatGeek Asia Pacific Pty Limited, part of international ticketing platform SeatGeek. Click here to contact SeatGeek Asia Pacific via their entry in…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Events / Sport / Ticketing

 
 

Neptune Benson

Neptune Benson is a manufacturer of high quality water filtration and disinfection products for the recreational, industrial, and municipal water markets. With more than 20,000 installations…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Recreation

 
 

Les Mills Asia Pacific

Les Mills Asia Pacific Les Mills Asia Pacific (LMAP) have been setting the benchmark for providing professional fitness solutions across Australia and South East Asia since 1996. Our world renowned…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness

 
 

Sportybots

We are the leading providers of kids fun multi-sports programs for Sport and Recreation Centres. Programs cover twelve common sports as well as Gross Motor Skill Development and suit children from as…

read more

Fitness / Play / Recreation / Sport / Wellness

 
 

SWIMPLEX AQUATICS

Swimplex Aquatics are a world-class company dedicated to the commercial pool, waterslide industry. We are Australian market leaders servicing all states Australia wide. Swimplex provide a full…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Design / Play / Waterparks

 
 

Altitude Training Systems

ATS are global leaders in altitude training and research. From mask systems and inflatable tents to simulated altitude facilities, we help all athletes gain the competitive edge. Our…

read more

Fitness / Sport / Technology

 
 

LEISURE CONCEPTS AUSTRALIA

Leisure Concepts brings the world’s leading fitness equipment brands to Australasia - these include True Fitness, Atlantis Strength, Merrithew (Stott Pilates), Intenza Fitness,…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Technology / Wellness

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business