Park entrance to close

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 April, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 19 April, 2010, 12:00am

Ocean Park will soon have only one entrance when it closes the Tai Shue Wan entrance, which is little used.

Chief executive Tom Mehrmann was coy about the future of the Tai Shue Wan entrance but said it might house a new attraction or only be used for special events, such as the annual Halloween festivities. Between 5 per cent and 20 per cent of visitors use the entrance, he said.

About 4.8 million people visited Ocean Park in the year to June 30, 2009. The park expects 5.8 million visitors by 2012-13.

It is vastly expanding its main entrance as part of an ambitious HK$5.5 billion redevelopment plan that will more than double the number of attractions to about 70 by 2012.

So far, a new Amazing Asian Animals exhibit has opened, and a tunnel train system, Ocean Express, has started shuttling visitors between the park's lowland and headland areas.

Mehrmann said the new main entrance would be more than capable of handling the visitor flow.