HKSAR LegCo approves 696-mln USD bailout for Ocean Park

XINHUA 發布於 05月30日01:28

Photo taken on May 8, 2020 shows the Hong Kong Ocean Park in south China's Hong Kong. (Xinhua/Wu Xiaochu)

The HKSAR LegCo has approved the HKSAR government's proposed urgent bailout of 696 million USD to keep Hong Kong Ocean Park afloat. The HKSAR government said it planned to reposition Ocean Park to highlight its core strengths on conservation and education as well as its natural environment as a seaside resort.

HONG KONG, May 30 (Xinhua) -- The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Legislative Council (LegCo) Friday approved the HKSAR government's proposed urgent bailout of over 5.4 billion Hong Kong dollars (around 696 million U.S. dollars) to keep Hong Kong Ocean Park afloat.

The theme park in early May announced that it would cease its operation as early as in June if it failed to receive a relief fund.

The bailout will be used to support the theme park to operate for another 12 months, to repay the commercial loans of the Ocean Park corporation, and to settle the costs for completing a development project of the park.

Giant panda "Le Le" enjoys a meal at the Hong Kong Ocean Park in Hong Kong, south China on Jan. 16, 2017. (Xinhua/Wang Xi)

The HKSAR government said in a report submitted to the LegCo that after allocating fund to the attraction, it planned to reposition Ocean Park to highlight its core strengths on conservation and education as well as its natural environment as a seaside resort.

"The park will deploy the funding prudently, and stringently control its operating expenses and various costs. The park will work closely with the government on the rethink exercise of Ocean Park to chart the way forward for its rebirth, and looks forward to welcoming visitors to the park again shortly," the park told Xinhua.■