Panda park popularity ‘too early’ to determine

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Issue 1221, Page 2
Word count: 291
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

Nearly 2,000 pre-sold tickets for the Panda Habitat theme park were sold from Monday, but the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM) said the number could not fully indicate the popularity of Macau’s newest attraction.

Between January 19 and January 23, about 3,660 people from local elderly organisations, disadvantaged groups and kindergartens visited the Coloane park.

A total of 125 associations and schools involving almost 17,000 people have also subscribed for group visits by the end of March. The Education and Youth Affairs Bureau will also organise 8,000 students from 46 secondary and primary schools to visit the pair of giant pandas.

The IACM announced in a press conference yesterday that a total of 1,990 admission tickets were sold between last Friday and Monday at the outlet at Macau Forum.

There were no crowds at the outlet and order was maintained, the bureau said.

The most popular session is between 3 pm and 4 pm on February 5. The other two dates for which a lot of tickets were sold in advance are January 30 and February 3.

President of IACM, Tam Vai Man, said the pre-sold response could not determine whether the panda park is well received by local residents and tourists, adding that the pre-sold arrangement aims to meet the needs of different visitors.

Tam was also reluctant to disclose the first-month operating expenses of the park. He said it will be “more accurate and scientific” to release the figure after a period of time “when the operation of the park is stabilised”.

On the other hand, IACM has invited a local artist to design a set of four panda postcards with the use of augmented reality (AR) technology, to be sold at the gift shop at the park.


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