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Fun parks go for same theme - price hikes
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Visitors to Hong Kong's two theme parks face ticket price hikes of about 10 percent after the summer holidays.
The increases have been approved by the boards of Ocean Park and Hong Kong Disneyland almost simultaneously.
Ocean Park said ticket prices will rise from September 1 but will come with sweeteners. Disneyland said it has no plan to announce fee increases for now but a source said a price hike is coming in two months.
Ocean Park chairman Allan Zeman last week said the park would not raise ticket prices for now - but he changed his tone yesterday. "We don't want to raise the price, but if we open new attractions and take loans from the bank, we have to pay back the loans," he said.
"If we don't raise the price and we lose money, the government will have to put in more money. The taxpayers will have to pay for it."
The park will raise ticket prices by 12 percent, from HK$250 to HK$280 for adults, and from HK$125 to HK$140 for children aged three to 11 . Annual passes will rise by between 11.3 and 13 percent. At HK$305, the SmartFun Silver Pass for c hildren which sells for HK$270 now - will see the highest percentage increase. The park last raised admission fees in 2009. It borrowed HK$5.55 billion of loans for redevelopment.
Since 2006, Hong Kong residents have been able to visit Ocean Park for fr ee on their birthdays. From September 1 to August 31 next year, one friend will enjoy half price. Other special offers launched include night tickets for locals from 6pm to 10pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout July, August and the first two weekends of September at HK$150 for adults and HK$75 for children.
Meanwhile, a source said Disneyland's one-day adult tickets will cost 8.6 to 12.9 percent more - from HK$350 to around HK$380 to HK$395 - in two months, partly due to its expansion project.
Tutorial Question Set 1 (1112, Sem 2)
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The Lantau park last increased prices of annual passes - by up to 40 percent - in March.
Lawmaker Ronny Tong Ka-wah said: "I hope the park will offer concessions to locals." Ocean Park saw its surplus drop 17 percent to HK$82 million despite increases in both attendance and revenue for the fiscal year ending last June. Disneyland's net loss fell 45 percent year-on-year to HK$718 million for the 12 months to October 2.
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