Ocean Park plans to create new uphill attractions, including a zipline and “glamping,” outgoing general manager Joe Wong Chi-cho said.
Wong said the theme park invites private organizations to develop the upper area of the park around two themes, “health” and “adventure.” Attractions are expected to be chargeable for admission.
Ziplines and glamping are some of the attractions that fit the “adventure” theme.
The lower park will be developed into a free-entry area that will provide retail and restaurant services.
Wong said the area will be different from a shopping mall because people can enjoy natural scenery and leisure activities.
Approximately 600,000 square feet will be operated and constructed by developers under a build, operate and transfer model.
Wong said the model was adopted because the design of the park would affect operations and having developers in charge of the building would mean more flexibility around operational needs.
“The park’s capital investment will be reduced, so we will be able to bring in private companies to help Ocean Park complete its transformation,” he said.
The park is leaning towards a single private company developing the lower area of the park, while the upper area of the park could potentially be operated by multiple developers.
Wong said Water World is in its final stages of preparation and is expected to open this summer. “We are currently hiring staff and training people. »
Meanwhile, Trade and Economic Development Secretary Edward Yau Tang-wah said the tourism industry cannot expect a quick recovery and the sector is currently going through difficult times.
Speaking at the Hong Kong International Travel Expo, he said the industry should seize the opportunity to prepare and reorganize to provide more unique local tours, as well as use more technology in business tourism to attract customers.
Hong Kong had 60 million visitors a year and as many as 150,000 a day, but current daily numbers do not exceed 200.
The exhibition, held at the Wan Chai Convention and Exhibition Center, ends on August 1.
Around 100 exhibitors from 16 countries joined the show.