As a key step in rebooting the economy Hong Kong will reopen it’s two major Disneyland and Ocean Park theme parks.
“Ocean Park will greet guests on Saturday for the first time since closing on January 26 amid the pandemic,” Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau Tang-wah said
The Disneyland Resort on Lantau Island will also resume operations soon, though a particular date has not been released.
“We want to reboot the economy in the last half of this year through new initiatives in tourism, external trade, and trade insurance services,” Yau said, adding: “We are confident we’ll outride the economic doldrums.”
Ocean Park, which last month received a cash injection of HK$5.4 billion ($697 million) to remain afloat, will drop its admission fee by 30 percent for every adult visitor while offering free admission for kids aged 11 or below and other people aged 65 or above until the end of July.
In addition, the reduced adult ticket fees are going to be fully rebated in the form of cash vouchers for spending on food and gifts within the park.
Additionally, Hong Kong Trade Development Council Peter Lam Kin-ngok added that the annual book fair, Asia’s largest of its kind, would return between July 15 and 21. Last year it drew about 1 million visitors.
“As safety first, the book fair won’t run at full capacity and people’s traffic are going to be restricted,” he said.
Hong Kong’s economy faces fresh challenges now that the US has pledged to get rid of special trading privileges in response to Beijing’s planned security law for the city, the SCMP newspaper said in the report.
The city’s growth engines – retail, exports and logistics, and tourism – were hit hard when months of social unrest first started last June, a situation exacerbated by an ongoing trade war, then greatly intensified by the Covid-19 pandemic.
As of Monday morning, Hong Kong had recorded 1,100 cases of infection, with four related deaths.
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