Ocean Park officially opens Water World today as park management and the Hong Kong government hope the site will become a favorite leisure destination for locals and international visitors for years to come. Water World covers nearly 6.5 hectares on a hill in Tai Shue Wan in the southern district. It welcomes a maximum of 4,500 visitors during the opening period, operating half under the rules of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor presided over the opening ceremony yesterday and said Water World was world-class and worthy of Hong Kongers’ pride because it has a unique design and architecture of high level. According to South China Morning Post, Lam said she believes Water World will become Hong Kongers’ favorite leisure and entertainment destination and a new attraction for overseas tourists in the future. It can also enrich Hong Kong’s tourism resources.
Lau, Ming-wai, Chairman of Ocean Park Corporation, added, “The opening of Water World means a lot to Ocean Park as it marks the first step in our transformation into a world-class resort for discovery, learning and the pleasure. It also marks an important milestone for the ‘Invigorating Island South’ initiative, in which we are playing a key role in bringing new elements and economic driving forces to the South District.”
Ocean Park said Water World’s unique location and concept make it “the only water park in Asia that combines stunning ocean and landscape views.” Water World takes advantage of the site, using terraced platforms and outdoor spaces to capture the panoramic views of its surroundings. He added that Water World’s all-weather design, as well as its proximity to Hong Kong’s urban center, makes it easy for visitors to visit and connect with the wonders of water and nature.
Water World is part of the Ocean Park revamp and is expected to help boost Ocean Park activities.
The indebted amusement park issued a pre-qualification invitation solicit potential partners to co-develop the park via a build-operate-transfer model in August, kicking off the two-phase procurement process for the implementation of Ocean Park’s future strategy.
This process begins with the current pre-qualification stage and will be followed by the tender stage in late 2021 or early 2022. The pre-qualification exercise will help pre-qualify respondents for the bidding process. tender, maintaining a manageable number of bidders while ensuring that they share Ocean Park’s vision for future development, conservation and education, as well as the requirements for providing future development proposals strategy.
In a statement, Ocean Park said bidders wishing to be shortlisted are encouraged to incorporate a number of principles into the design, operations or other bids of the areas. For example, they are encouraged to be respectful of the environment and to improve the welfare of animals in accordance with the objectives of Ocean Park; and achieve sustainable operational excellence through various initiatives, such as water conservation, waste management and recycling, and sustainable procurement processes.
Meanwhile, in August, Ocean Park retired the Raging River water ride, Mine Train roller coaster and Abyss drop tower after serving park visitors for more than 20 years. Undeterred by the rain, visitors lined up for up to three hours to take photos and videos to commemorate the rides. Meanwhile, in another report by news channel nowTV, a visitor said she looked forward to the new development plan announced by Ocean Park and hoped it would improve in the future.
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