Park goes all out as numbers plunge

Local | Amy Nip 20 Sep 2019

Ocean Park kicked off its Halloween Fest this year with early-bird discounts and reassurances on the safety of its haunted houses.

The theme park unveiled its annual festival, which will be open on 10 days between October 4 and 31, after park attendance plunged 26 percent year on year for July and August.

To attract visitors, it is running an early- bird promotion until September 30.

Regular tickets for three days in October are being sold at HK$368 - HK$130 lower than the usual entrance fee of HK$498. On seven other days, including Halloween on October 31, they are HK$398, a HK$100 discount. Premium tickets are HK$760, down from the regular price of HK$860.

This comes the coroner's court ruled the death of a student inside a park haunted house two years ago was accidental.

Cheung Chiu-kit, 21, died in 2017 after taking a wrong path and becoming pinned down by a falling "coffin."

Chief executive Matthias LiSing-chung stressed that the park prioritizes visitors' safety and that overseas experts have been hired to go through the new attractions.

In yesterday's media preview, Ocean Park revealed the attractions inside six haunted zones.

amy.nip@singtaonewscorp.com

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