With plans to build more attractions—including a new shark aquarium and koala exhibit—Ocean Park’s 495-room hotel will be part of an expansion that is set to turn the theme park into a resort destination. Named Ocean Hotel, it will be constructed by Ocean Park’s main entrance on a 17,044 square meter site, and is due to be completed in 2016. The move coincides with the completion of MTR’s South Island Line, which itself is set to come into operation in 2015. Chairman of Ocean Park, Allan Zeman, was quoted as saying that the development will contribute towards “fulfilling [its] role as a major pillar of Hong Kong’s tourism industry.” Opened in 1977, Ocean Park is widely regarded as Hong Kong’s best-loved amusement park. It also houses various marine animals—some of which star in Ocean Park’s renowned productions and variety shows—as well as two celebrated giant pandas gifted by the Mainland Chinese government, named An An and Jia Jia. Its charity organization, the Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong, regularly contributes funding towards projects on animals in the Asia-Pacific region.