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Hong Kong's tourist trade hits troubled times as hiring gets harder

Paul Pei, President of Hong Kong Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. Photo: Jonathan Wong

The tourism industry in Hong Kong has a problem - young people are just not drawn to it. Now, some of the biggest names in the city, which can pull in customers by the millions, are behind a recruitment drive.

Monday, 3 June, 2013, 7:14am

Adlabs Imagica, India's first major theme park, set to open near Mumbai

Visitors enjoy a water ride at the Ablabs Imagica park near Mumbai, India's first major theme park, which opens tomorrow. Photo: AFP

India's most elaborate theme park opens this week with special-effect Hindu gods and Bollywood-themed rides, aiming to tap a thirst for family entertainment among the country's rising middle class.

18 Apr 2013 - 1:47am

Ocean Park's new water world to be ready for all seasons

Ocean Park Chief Executive Tom Mehrmann. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

The new attraction - set to open in Tai Shue Wan in 2017 - will avoid making the mistake of the old water world, which closed in the late 1990s after making losses in the colder seasons of the year, said park chief executive Tom Mehrmann.

18 Mar 2013 - 4:44am

Tom Mehrmann: Ocean Park has a licence to thrill

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

Ocean Park's successful chief executive started as a cleaner in theme parks and shows that he still has the welfare of workers at heart.

18 Mar 2013 - 4:44am

Disneyland's first theme park had a rocky start like Hong Kong branch

Hong Kong Disneyland had as rough a start as the original theme park, but after billions in investment it's finally made a profit. Photo: Nora Tam

On July 17, 1955, when moviemaker Walt Disney turned more than 64 hectares of farmland into a theme park based on his animated characters, many people thought it was a fantasy that wouldn't look out of place in one of his films.

24 Feb 2013 - 5:02am

The ride of his life: Disney's Noble Coker on how he won Hongkongers' confidence

The ride of his life: Disney's Noble Coker on how he won Hongkongers' confidence

Little could have prepared Noble Coker for the rocky ride he's been on since starting at Hong Kong's magic kingdom project in 2002.

28 Jan 2013 - 10:55am

Disneyland's latest attraction is a mystery

Expect amazing visual effects, says Noble Coker. Photo: Warton Li

Disneyland expects to open the last attraction of its three-stage HK$3.6 billion expansion project this spring.

The new area is called Mystic Point - home to "mysterious forces and supernatural events in the heart of a dense, uncharted rain forest", according to Disney.

21 Jan 2013 - 4:59am

A theme park byany other name...

Beijing's embargo on building big theme parks could be easily dodged by developers, according to industry veterans attending an attractions trade fair in Hong Kong.

11 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Feathery fiends target theme park in Shanghai

Stretch catapult, take aim and release. Observe ensuing destruction.

It's a tried and tested formula that has kept young miscreants amused since humanity learned to pile three stones on top of each other. Applying it to the virtual world has made a small Finnish company's fortune - and no doubt cost countless other firms 10 times as much in lost productivity.

17 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Winning theme from mop to the top

Many chief executives start from the bottom but few like Tom Mehrmann can literally claim to have started from ground level. The boss of Ocean Park Hong Kong launched his career with a broom and mop at a Californian theme park before climbing to the very top of the management ladder.

25 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Hip hot HK

Rock into 2012

29 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Carnival in the park

Christmas has come early to Ocean Park. Opened last Friday, the park's brand new game zone, Thrill Mountain, adds six new rides, bringing the total to 27.

12 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

What kind of theme park would you build for Hong Kong?

Alice Leung, 16, Ho Fung College

9 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Mishap reveals fatally skewed priorities of theme park company

Six deaths when a ride malfunctioned at an amusement park in Shenzhen's Overseas Chinese Town (OCT) East last month have not derailed the operator's plans for further expansion.

24 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Families of victims in Shenzhen ride horror cry foul

The families of six people who died when a ride at a Shenzhen amusement park malfunctioned last week have criticised the park management's handling of the tragedy as 'inhumane and unreasonable'.

Shenzhen police announced yesterday that they had detained 11 people for further investigation, including the killer ride's supplier, supervisor, operator and safety examiner.

8 Jul 2010 - 12:00am