Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park are preparing for further expansion to cope with increasing visitor numbers, according to a report released by the Hong Kong government on Friday.
According to the projections in the Assessment Report on Hong Kong's Capacity to Receive Tourists issued at the end of 2013, visitor arrivals will exceed 70 million in 2017, so major tourist attractions will have to seek further expansion to improve their capacity.
The area of Disneyland has increased about 23% from 22.4 hectares when it first opened to the present 27.5 hectares.
Although Disneyland's capacity is sufficient to cope with current visitor numbers, it is considering further expansion on the Phase I Site to accommodate more visitors by using the remaining 15.2 hectares of land designated for the future development of the theme park proper and retail, dining and entertainment facilities.
It is estimated that the capacity of Disneyland will increase in the coming five to eight years upon the completion of a series of expansion plans. The estimated annual attendance will also increase to 11 million, with an average daily attendance of 30,137.
The Ocean Park, another theme park in Hong Kong, has recorded an average annual increase of 12.6% in the past five years. For 2012-13, visitors to the park exceeded 7.7 million in number, with an average daily attendance of around 21,160.
The Ocean Park projects its attendance will reach some 8.5 million by 2020 with an average daily attendance of around 23,300, while its maximum capacity will be 36,300 visitors.
To further enhance its overall appeal and capacity, the Ocean Park will develop the Tai Shue Wan area into a new integrated theme zone, with the main focus on an all-weather indoor and outdoor water park. It is projected that the water park will admit a maximum of 7,000 visitors at one time, with a maximum daily attendance of around 10,500.
The Finance Committee of the Hong Kong's Legislative Council approved a loan of HK$2.29 billion (US$295 million) in May 2013 to facilitate the early commencement of the Tai Shue Wan Development Project, the project is expected to be completed in the second half of 2017.