New Hong Kong tourism body to boost industry standards

NINE local attractions have joined hands to form the Hong Kong Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (HKAAPA) with the mission to promote safety, connect members, develop young professionals and ensure the continued success of the attractions industry, while also drawing more tourists to the SAR.

The nine are: AsiaWorld-Expo, Future Leisure, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, Noah’s Ark Theme Park, Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, Ngong Ping 360, Ocean Park, Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck and The Peak Tram & The Peak Tower.

As the representative body for attractions and amusement parks, HKAAPA aims to help businesses identify opportunities, share expertise and interact. Aside from attractions, members will include businesses related to the industry such as manufacturers, suppliers and vendors, among others. ­

The association is also collaborating with higher education institutions to nurture young industry professionals, through internship and recruitment opportunities, in order to ensure a sustainable and skilled workforce.

President of HKAAPA and executive director of sales and marketing, Ocean Park, Paul Pei, said: “Over the last decade, Hong Kong has seen a boom in the number and variety of attractions to meet the surge in visitor arrivals. With the groundwork laid through the building of tourism infrastructure, it is now the opportune time to establish an association focusing on the betterment of attractions and theme parks in Hong Kong.

“We are confident that HKAAPA will mutually benefit members and strengthen the position of Hong Kong as an ideal travel destination.”

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