To mark its 40th Anniversary, Ocean Park has officially launched a year-long celebration that would feature a host of activities and special offers under the theme of ‘Making Memories’. The festivities kicked off with a limited-time offer for Hong Kong residents where local residents were able to purchase admission tickets for just HK$40 from the Park’s official website between January 11 to 22, 2017. Limited to 4,000 locals per day, these special tickets were valid for entry on any chosen day between January 16 to 22, 2017.At the ceremony, the Park unveiled a number of special programmes including a community-care initiative– a collaboration between Ocean Park, Chinachem Group and 18 District Councils and the Park’s first-ever partnership with Modern Education Research Society Ltd (Modern Education Research Society) to create exclusive, conservation-oriented educational materials for local kindergartens. The Park also revealed the results of the popular ‘Making Memories’ Photo Contest, and recognised current and retired long-serving staff.Additionally, Ocean Park has also launched an extensive series of merchandise in collaboration with well-known local and international brands, including Kee Wah Bakery, Chicks, Ten Ren Tea, LeSportsac and Wooderful Life.The Park is also offering classic Hong Kong street food from the 70s with a modern twist, which would be available for a whole year from January 10, 2017. Guests can indulge in contemporary fusion cuisine with the ‘Rediscovering Classics’ 40th Anniversary Set Menu as well as à la carte items at selected Park restaurants. A limited-edition Whiskers & Friends 40th Anniversary Jumbo Goblet with a snack set would also be available at designated food kiosks.The launch ceremony was officiated by C Y Leung, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; Gregory So Kam-Leung, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development; Cathy Chu Man-ling, Commissioner for Tourism; Dr Peter Lam, Chairman of Hong Kong Tourism Board; Payson Cha; Philip Chen and Dr Allan Zeman, the Park’s past Chairmen along with Leo Kung, Chairman of Ocean Park; Lau Ming-wai, Deputy Chairman of Ocean Park; Judy Chen, Chair of Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong and Matthias Li, Chief Executive of Ocean Park.Leo Kung, Chairman of Ocean Park, said, “Ocean Park is Hong Kong’s home-grown and premier theme park. We are honoured to have helped create lasting memories for generations of the city’s residents over the past 40 years, as well as welcome over 140 million guests. From humble beginnings with just 12 attractions, the Park has evolved into a world-class theme park. As we celebrate our 40th Anniversary, we will not rest on our laurels and are already getting set to unveil the next phase of Ocean Park’s development, including two new hotels and Water World.”“All of our achievements would not have been possible without the entire Ocean Park family, and I would like thank our staff, past and present, for their hard work, dedication and contributions throughout the years, which helped Ocean Park achieve recognition as one of the world’s top 13 theme parks. On this momentous occasion, I would also like to give a special thanks to The Hong Kong Jockey Club for funding the Park’s construction and operation from 1977 to 1987, and helping to bring so much joy to our city,” Kung added.