Professor Brian King talks to Annemarie Evans
Ocean Park announced on Monday that its all-weather Water World will open on September 21 and urged visitors to put on a mask every time they leave the water and move through the facility.
“What we ask customers to do is come with a reusable mask,” said water park executive director Bryan Fish, who added that studies have shown water facilities are generally safe for Covid. .
“We all know that with the disposable mask as soon as they get wet they just don’t work, where the reusable masks when they get wet or waterlogged you can wring them out and keep using them “, did he declare. added.
Visitor numbers will be capped at 4,500 – half the water park’s maximum capacity – due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Entrance fees for Water World are set at a minimum of HK$320 for adults and HK$225 for children during the initial opening period.
But after that, ticket prices will not be fixed, but will be determined by “seasonal factors” within the next 60 days as well as whether it is a weekend or a weekday.
Ocean Park’s deputy chairman of the board, Paulo Pong, said he thought the fees were attractive and relatively cheap since the 4 billion Hong Kong dollar attraction is the only water park all Asian time.
But some people RTHK spoke to at Ocean Park said they thought the ticket price was rather expensive.
“I think it’s a bit pricey for a normal person,” said a woman named Lily, who was visiting Ocean Park with her friends. “If you have more than two children, that’s a lot.”
However, another visitor, Sean, who was visiting with his family, said the prices were acceptable.
“I think the price is right compared to parks around the world,” he said. “That’s about right for amusement parks, especially water parks.”
Professor Brian King, from the Polytechnic University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, told RTHK’s Annemarie Evans that Hong Kongers crave such a resort-like experience amid Covid-19, and believe that Water World would be a draw for locals and visitors.
“It looks more like a leisure facility, but nonetheless, due to the quite spectacular location, I think it will appeal to overseas visitors as well.”
But he also stressed that it was too early to tell whether the new attraction would help turn things around at the loss-making theme park.
“Achieving profitability at Ocean Park is more like a medium to long-term plan,” King said.
“But I think the quality of the facilities, they’re very contemporary, I think it’s well suited to what Hongkongers with families, what they want, or that kind of experience, so I think that At least gives Ocean Park a very strong foundation with a contemporary offering, so I think that’s a real positive.”