Ocean Park will soon shift its focus from running a theme park, to become a resort-like destination for members of the public, according to Ocean Park chairman Lau Ming-wai.
The news came as the government suggested that Ocean Park will open its doors for free within the next two to three years and will only charge visitors for rides and exhibitions.
Lau said in a press conference today that citizens will soon be able to access the park for free year-round, and will only be charged separately for each facility such as animal exhibitions, the park's signature cable car and the thrill rides.
“Catering services and some of the attractions will be operated by subcontractors in the future, given the park has sufficient space to accommodate them,” said Lau.
He added that the park will focus on operating its core sectors including the animal exhibitions and the water park - which will soon be available in August or September during summer.
In the Policy Address last November, the government said it has set its focus on revitalizing Ocean Park and stepping up facilities within the vicinity as part of its plans to "invigorate Island South."
In view of this, Lau said in the future, the park will no longer be a one-day attraction for people to come and go.
“Instead, the park will be a starting point for people to explore more about Island South. We will also step into communities and schools to promote public awareness and participation in nature conservation,” said Lau.