Ocean Park yesterday kicked off its HK$5.5 billion redevelopment, which will double the number of attractions to more than 70 by 2012. Park chairman Allan Zeman, who never fails to surprise with media stunts, stripped off his suit and trousers to reveal a gold jumpsuit, complete with tool belt, for the launch ceremony. 'We will have new attractions every year opening up to make sure that more locals and tourists will visit our park,' Mr Zeman said. 'By 2010 or 2011, we'll get to 5 million visitors and this year will finish with more than 4.3 million visitors. As we keep coming up with new attractions, we should be able to surpass our target.' Construction will be carried out in eight phases, and the park will remain open during the redevelopment period. Some of the attractions, such as the animals, will have to be moved because of the work. When asked whether he was worried about transport options to the park, Mr Zeman said: 'I would like to have the south island [MTR] line, and I know the government is studying it. We want to make sure that it is easy for tourists to come. I am cautiously optimistic that eventually we'll get the south island line.' The government last year decided to review the proposal for the MTR link, which would connect the park with Admiralty. Financial Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen, who also attended the ceremony, said the government was aware of public opinion regarding the line, and was reviewing the proposal extensively. He said he hoped to have an answer soon. Apart from increasing the number of attractions from the present 35 to more than 70, Mr Zeman said he was waiting for the mainland to make an official announcement about giving Hong Kong two more pandas which would be housed at the park. 'I wait for China to give us some good news. China needs to make an announcement officially if that is really going to happen. I am very cautiously optimistic. I would like to have pandas and I have been talking about that for three years. If we could have two more pandas, that would be wonderful.'