Ocean Park is trying to encourage the use of public transport with its increase in parking fees

PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 October, 2015, 12:02am
UPDATED : Monday, 05 October, 2015, 12:02am

I refer to the letter by George Haylett ("What's behind Ocean Park's hike for cars?" September 25).

We are grateful to our guests for their honest feedback and genuine input on Ocean Park.

Being one of the original iconic destinations in Hong Kong, Ocean Park attracts millions of citizens and tourists to visit the area every year and helps bolster the tourism industry of Hong Kong.

While we continue to drive attendance and bring positive economic benefits for society, it is inevitable that the park's activities may contribute to the occasional heavier traffic in Southern District and we understand that the park has an obligation to manage its operations in a manner that balances the expectations of the local community, our loyal guests and international visitors.

In view of the Southern District traffic issues observed over a few days in August when the park's attendance was higher than usual, Ocean Park implemented some traffic mitigation measures to prepare for the upcoming peak periods.

For instance, a pre-booking parking system has been introduced as a service to our guests to ensure they can have a parking space reserved on their arrival. In addition, the park's daytime parking fee has been adjusted from HK$150 to HK$250 on peak days to encourage the use of public transport.

It is worth noting that all proceeds from the HK$100 surcharge will be donated to the Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong, to fund a study on the relationship between climate change, functional micro-habitat usage and breeding success of wild alpine musk deer, conducted by Professor Meng Xiuxiang of the Renmin University of China.

In fact, over the past decade, Ocean Park has been deepening its support for the foundation.

In the 2013/14 fiscal year alone, the foundation received HK$13.1 million from Ocean Park and supported 44 conservation and scientific projects that help make a difference in the wild and in the minds of people and governments across Asia.

We shall continue to review and fine-tune the traffic management measures that have been implemented recently in order to create a better community, make a meaningful impact on the environment and improve the guest experience.

We also urge the public to join us in our efforts to reduce carbon emissions and protect the environment.

Tom Mehrmann, chief executive, Ocean Park Corporation