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PGAV-designed Grand Aquarium contributes to record attendance at Ocean Park Hong Kong

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(St. Louis, Missouri – August 9, 2011): PGAV Destinations, a global leader in the planning and design of entertainment and cultural destinations, is pleased to announce that its Grand Aquarium project has been a sensation at Ocean Park, Hong Kong. PGAV served as lead designer of this state-of-the-art aquatic attraction.

The Grand Aquarium is the centerpiece of Ocean Park’s Aqua City development, which opened in January 2011. Nearly 3 million people have enjoyed the aquarium in the 6 months since its opening and the Park is on a record pace to eclipse the prior attendance record of last year.

“It has to be said that Aqua City, including the Grand Aquarium, are key contributors to the success we are enjoying,” says Tom Mehrmann, CEO of Ocean Park.

The Aquarium is configured as a journey that starts at the sunny seashore, but will quickly bring you to the darkest depths of the ocean floor where you see the ocean life glide above your head through the world’s largest acrylic dome. The exterior design of the Grand Aquarium adds to the allure of the attraction, becoming a beautiful lantern during Ocean Park’s popular nighttime show, Symbio. For more information, see

“PGAV is extremely pleased to have assisted Ocean Park with this landmark project,” according to Jim Moorkamp, Principal PGAV Destinations. “This project represents our first major attraction opening in Asia, with much more coming in the next few years.”

The Grand Aquarium will be prominently featured in the upcoming August issue of PGAV Destination’s award-winning publication Destinology.

About PGAV Destinations
PGAV Destinations is a global leader in the planning and design of unique destinations. The firm uniquely combines award-winning storytelling and creativity with business strategy to create some of the world’s most important cultural, heritage, and natural destinations. PGAV develops growth-oriented master plans and translates these plans into innovative new destination products. Now in its fifth decade, the firm has authored hundreds of highly successful projects in places such as SeaWorld, the Grand Canyon, Biltmore Estate, The Gettysburg Battlefield, the Georgia Aquarium, Kennedy Space Center, and Busch Gardens.

About Ocean Park Hong Kong
Ocean Park is Hong Kong’s unique home grown theme park with a heritage of delivering family fun and fond memories. Since its opening in January 1977 as a non-profit organization, Ocean Park has developed itself to be a world-class attraction connecting people with nature, and recognized for its animal husbandry, research and relationship with the community. Over 100 million people have visited Hong Kong’s premier park since its inception, and Ocean Park has remained committed to offering adults and children experiences that blend entertainment with education and conservation. Part of the proceeds from Ocean Park admission tickets and some retail items will go to Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong to support its wildlife conservation projects.

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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