Hong Kong's tourism industry has been hit hard by the \"repair storm, which lasted nearly seven months. Hong Kong Ocean Park, which has been in business for more than 40 years, announced yesterday that due to the harsh operating environment, it will eliminate the salary adjustment for all employees in 2020, that is, there will be no salary increase, and it is recommended that employees apply for voluntary unpaid leave or early retirement. For the first time since 2003, Ocean Park's employees have been \"frozen \", and management has been\" frozen \"two years ago. In addition, the number of inbound tour groups and free travelers in Ocean Park fell more than 60% per year in the second half of 2019.
According to the Hong Kong Tourism Board, the number of visitors to Hong Kong has turned downwards since July 2019, with annual declines of% to% recorded between July and November respectively. As a famous tourist attraction in Hong Kong, Ocean Park is also greatly affected. A park spokesman said the park's arrivals and free-travellers fell more than 60 per cent a year between July and December, amid a sharp drop in visitor numbers in the second half of 2019 and a slowdown in the economy.
The spokesman said that, without prejudice to the day-to-day operation, including animal conservation, quality of service and performing arts and the safety of visitors, the park had implemented a number of prudent cost-control measures, such as strict control of operating costs and discretionary expenses, energy savings, suspension of non-emergency and non-essential jobs, encouragement of staff to apply for voluntary unpaid leave or early retirement. The latest step is to eliminate the 2020 pay adjustment.
“It's an extremely difficult financial decision, but'freeze pay' can at least avoid direct layoffs." The spokesman stressed that the management of the park was convinced that the dedicated team was the key to the success of the marine park and appreciated the efforts of its staff during the difficult times. To celebrate the Lunar New Year, all eligible park full-time and part-time staff will receive $600 and $300 respectively.
The park's financial year 2018-2019 performance report, released in November 2019(as of June 30,2019), reported a net loss of HK $100 million for the year, before the \"revision storm,\" as a result of the park's investment in experience projects and the renovation of facilities, combined with damage and other factors caused by the super typhoon\" Shanzhu \". Hong kong media reported that the \"revision storm\" since june 2019 has plunged the tourism industry, making the operation of the park \"worse \".
Earlier last month, chinese chief executive of ocean park for 25 years, li shengzong, told the media that the biggest crisis he faced during his tenure was during the 2003 SARS period, but after the outbreak, the mainland's \"free travel\" led to a rapid increase in mainland visitors to help the park get out of its predicament in the short term. \"The challenge is bigger than it was,\" Lee confessed.
A number of Hong Kong media reported on Thursday that Hong Kong's Government Transport and Housing Authority (the Transport and Housing Authority) said the average passenger capacity in the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong high-speed rail was only 33,937 passengers in August and October last year, down 21 percent from the same period in 2018.
The hong kong section of high-speed rail has been in operation for more than 15 months since it opened in september 2018, with hong kong residents and non-hsang residents (including mainland and foreign passengers) accounting for about 34% and 66% of passengers, respectively, the bureau said. The frequent violent demonstrations in Hong Kong in recent months have resulted in the inability of MTR to provide services normally, affecting public travel. Kowloon-Canton Railway Co.(KCRC) is expected to charge a lower operating fee last year than the previous year, as a result of a sharp drop in passenger traffic in the Hong Kong section of high-speed rail due to a large decrease in overall visitor traffic.
On average, about 50,000 tickets were sold a day from the opening of the high-speed rail line until September 30 last year, according to the first year of high-speed rail operations disclosed in the Legislative Council documents. Among them, the Shenzhen North Station daily average ticket sales (about 10,000) the largest, at least for Qingsheng Station, the average daily sales of only 50 tickets. According to last year's MTR Corporation sample, about 80% of passengers travel for non-business purposes and about 20% for business purposes.
Since July 10 last year, the number of inter-city through trains to and from Hung Hom and Guangzhou East Station has been reduced from 24 to 18 trains a day, the Transport and Housing Bureau said. As a result, the average daily passenger volume of the intercity through train after the high-speed train (September 2018 to September 2019) recorded 6900 passengers, down about 41% from the previous period before the opening of the train.