The price of entry to Hong Kong's two theme parks appears set to rise this year with Ocean Park imposing a 12 per cent increase and Hong Kong Disneyland changing its prices for the first time since it opened in 2005.
The news comes just a week after park chairman Allan Zeman said the facility had no immediate plans to raise ticket prices to pay for the construction of new attractions. He said he understood the new pricing could be a burden on the community but the park needed to find ways to meet rising operational costs and repay loans.
A daytime ticket for Ocean Park will increase on September 1 from the HK$250 to HK$280 per adult, and for children aged three to 11 from HK$125 to HK$140.
The "gold smartfun" annual pass for adults will rise from HK$695 to HK$780, and from HK$350 to HK$390 for children. A student pass for full-time students aged 12 or above will rise from HK$485 to HK$540.
The park will also launch a summer night admission promotion for patrons with Hong Kong identity cards - from 6pm to 10pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout July, August and the first two weekends in September. The cost will be HK$150 for adults and HK$75 for children. Hong Kong residents visiting the park on their birthdays will continue to get free admission, and they will be allowed to bring a guest at half-price in a new one-year promotion taking effect on September 1.
The park's last price increase was in October 2009. Disneyland said it had no announcement to make on pricing and was monitoring the market closely, but an insider said the board of directors had been notified about a proposed price adjustment which had yet to be made final.
To be adopted this year, it might include a rise in the adult one-day ticket charge from the current HK$350 to less than HK$400.
Democrats legislator Fred Li Wah-ming said Ocean Park's price rise was higher than inflation and he was worried it might cut the number customers from abroad.