Ocean Park expects to record its highest summer attendance yet. Chief executive Tom Mehrmann said attendance of between 850,000 and 900,000 for last month and this month was 'very good for us. So 2006 should be our best summer ever if things continue as they are'. 'Anytime we do more than 850,000, it's very good,' Mr Mehrmann said. Ocean Park recorded its highest attendance during the two-month period in 2004 and its second best last year. Mr Mehrmann did not provide a monthly breakdown of park attendance. Ocean Park reported a record 4.03 million visitors in 2004-05. The park's chairman, Allan Zeman, previously said he was hoping to achieve 4.2 million to 4.3 million visitors in 2005-06. The park's fiscal year is from July to June. The strong summer performance comes as the park inaugurated its first mainland representative office in Guangzhou. A nationwide hotline to handle customer and travel trade enquiries was also launched. With mainland guests making up 44 per cent of the park's total attendance and some 40 per cent of this number coming from Guangdong province, Ocean Park has long been eager to tap and further develop this market, Mr Mehrmann said. 'Guangdong province has about 80 million people and a large percentage of them consider Hong Kong to be a local market destination', allowing them to visit Ocean Park for a day trip, he said. Mr Mehrmann said the Guangzhou office would pave the way to bring Ocean Park to the doorsteps of mainland visitors further inland, especially throughout the southern mainland. Depending on the success of the Guangzhou office, which took about a year to get up and running, the next step would be to extend the offices to Shanghai and Beijing, Mr Mehrmann said. It is partnering with travel and transport operators to develop various programmes which offer guests direct links between Ocean Park and seven cities in the province. These include the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation, Eternal East Cross-Border Coach, CTS Express Coach and CKS.