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HK Disneyland to open in December 2005
Updated: 2004-11-23 10:20

Hong Kong Disneyland and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government announced Monday that Hong Kong Disneyland would open Sept. 12, 2005.

Don Robinson (R), Hong Kong Disneyland Group managing director and Hong Kong Financial Secretary Henry Tang (2nd L) celebrate with Mickey Mouse during a news conference to announce the opening date of the Hong Kong Disneyland. The Hong Kong government earlier said the entertainment park will employ 5,000 workers which should ease the territory's high umemployment rate of 6.8 percent. [Reuters]

The admission price will be HK$295 per adult on weekdays and HK$350 on weekends and peak days. Admission for children aged between three and 11 will be HK$210 on weekdays and HK$250 on weekends and peak holidays.

"The announcement of the opening day for Hong Kong Disneyland marks a milestone for the development of Hong Kong tourism and the economy as a whole," said Hong Kong Finance Secretary Henry Tang.

Hong Kong Disneyland's opening would be a driving force for tourism growth for Hong Kong and family tourism development in particular as well as benefiting the entire Hong Kong economy, said Tang.

"The project created 11,400 jobs during construction. Another 18,000 jobs are expected to be created in phases by the opening. In the first 40 years after opening, Hong Kong Disneyland is forecast to bring about a huge economic benefit of HK$148 billion (US$19 billion) to Hong Kong as a whole," said Tang.

He said the Hong Kong SAR Government would continue to render full support for a most successful opening.


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