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Hong Kong welcomes the Middle East, kids first
March 2014 3667

THE Hong Kong Disneyland (HKDL) Resort is a leading family destination, where an enchanting experience awaits guests of all nationalities and age groups, Terruce Wang, vice-president, sales and distribution marketing, tells TTN. Located in reclaimed land on Penny’s Bay, Lantau Island, the resort is prepared to receive guests from the Middle East with family-friendly, luxury accommodation, special experiences for kids and halal-certified cuisine.

For the fourth consecutive year in 2013, HKDL has reported record revenue, attendance, hotel occupancy and guest spending. This steady growth is attributable to the three main sources of guests – from the local community, mainland China and international markets – with the latter two accounting for about two-thirds of total guests. Overall hotel occupancy was at a new high of 94 per cent for fiscal 2013, while guest spending broke records with a 6 per cent year-over-year increase.

“Hong Kong Disneyland Resort’s award-winning hotels feature rooms that can accommodate up to four people and we offer unique experiences for kids and adults alike,” says vice-president Wang. The exclusive Kingdom Club offers unparalleled attention to detail, personalised assistance and services, and a diversity of activities to keep the most demanding guests appeased: but after all, the kids are the VIPs here. Little guests can enjoy bedtime stories in the Kingdom Club Lounge, dress up as their favourite fairy tale characters in the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and have dinner with their favourite Disney characters all in one day.

HKDL offers halal-certified cuisine to cater to the diverse needs of guests from around the world in its wide array of restaurants. Halal food is served at Tahitian Terrace in Adventureland and Explorer’s Club Restaurant at Mystic Point; it can also be prepared upon request at a number of restaurants in the resort’s hotels – namely Chef Mickey, Studio Lounge, and Walt’s Cafe – and is also available from room service at the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel.

“With the completion of the recent expansion, the resort is now made up of seven themed lands, offering more than 100 world-class attractions and entertainment offerings for guests of all ages,” continues Wang. The three new additions to the resort in recent years, Toy Story Land, Grizzly Gulch and Mystic Point, have proven to be a hit among guests.

The resort keeps its offering fresh by having something new to do during any season of the year. As winter sets in, the park transforms into a winter wonderland complete with sparkling lights, festive decorations and even snow. “Christmas at Hong Kong Disneyland is one to remember,” says Wang, “while other seasonal celebrations for Chinese New Year, Halloween, and summer promise lifelong memories as well.”

HKDL also announced plans to build a new hotel at the resort, adding another 750 hotel rooms to its existing inventory. The new hotel will offer guests an immersive and uniquely Disney resort-style experience dedicated to the spirit of exploration and celebrates exotic locations from around the world. The hotel is slated to open by early 2017, pending all necessary project approvals. New initiatives in the pipeline include a brand new night time spectacular called “Disney Paint the Night” in 2014, tenth anniversary celebration offerings in 2015 and a new themed area based on Marvel’s Iron Man franchise in late 2016.

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