Meet several 'Santa Clause' in Ocean Park, HK

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How about a trip to Ocean Park in Hong Kong this Christmas?

Apart from the fun things to do, visitors will get to see Santa Clauses from the Netherlands, Finland, Holland, and United States.

Ocean Park Hong Kong chief executive Tom Mehrmann says the world-class theme park's "Christmas Sensation's Santa Festival" will surely give Filipinos an unforgettable yuletide experience.

"As people begin to plan their holiday, hopefully Ocean Park will be part of their itinerary (where) they will be immersed in the spirit of Christmas at over 80 attractions," Mehrmann says.

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Mehrmann vows the festival, with key attraction Polar Adventure, where they can see different kinds of penguins, walruses, seals, sea lions, snowy owls, and arctic foxes, will delight Filipinos.

He adds visitors may also enjoy musical performances while exchanging gifts under a 40-foot Christmas tree. Guests may also shop for delectable holiday treats and seasonal souvenirs around the park.

Mehrmann says the holiday season is the best time of the year for Filipinos to see new attractions in Ocean Park Hong Kong, which completed its US$750 million redevelopment in July.

"We actually are reintroducing the whole park. All those things we've been adding and doing as well as all that's coming in the future," Mehrman says.

"What you will experience is one of the longest, significant, dynamic world-class marine-based theme parks in the world," he notes.

This includes Old Hong Kong, which showcases the streetscapes and spirit of Hong Kong in 1950s where guests can taste more 70 local street foods and beverages.

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The park also boasts of its floorless roller coaster called The Hair Raiser in Thrill Mountain as well as spectacular night-time show feauturing the world's only 360-degree water screen called Symbio at Aqua City among others.

As a holiday treat, the theme park official also announced special promotional offers that will ensure Filipinos have the best deals to experience the white Christmas in Ocean Park Hong Kong.

Those who can present Enchanted Kingdom tickets purchased on any date will get 10 percent discount on Ocean Park Hong Kong regular and junior day entrance fees, which costs HK$280 for adults and HK$140 for children.

Mehrmann clarifies that anyone who can also present Ocean Park Hong tickets will enjoy 15 percent discount on entrance tickets in Enchanted Kingdom in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

This promotional marketing tie-up with Enchanted Kingdom will run until March 31, 2014.

He adds those who will settle payments at the on-site Ocean Park Hong Kong ticketing office using Citibank Philippines credit cards will enjoy 12 percent discount off daytime admission tickets and a special souvenir.

Paul Pei, executive director for sales and marketing at Ocean Park Hong Kong, announces they are giving away a special coupon set for Filipinos worth HK$208 until February next year.

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Through the offers, Pei hopes to thank 250,000 guests from the Philippines, actually visited the theme park in 2011.

Admitting a slight decrease of about 2 percent Filipino visitors last year, Pei expects their market in the Philippines to reach 11 percent increase this year.

"It is really because of the success of this market that helped us succeed at Ocean Park. This is today our single largest tourist market to Ocean Park outside of the mainland China and Hong Kong," Pei explains.

"We are starting out with our tourist market where Philippines plays a major role in our success and the success of Hong Kong," he added.

In 2011, around 700,000 Filipinos visited Hong Kong despite the tension that gripped both countries in the aftermath of Manila hostage-taking crisis in 2010.