Leading Hong Kong leisure and entertainment group, Lan Kwai Fong Group, has welcomed Mark Wijman as the new director of its theme park and location-based entertainment consulting arm, LKF Attractions.
LKF Attractions was established in 2016 by LKF Group Chairman Dr. Allan Zeman and Ocean Park ex-CEO Tom Mehrmann in response to Asia’s booming theme park and location-based entertainment market.
LKF Attractions offers a broad range of consultancy services including master planning, design, architecture, advisory, operational management, planning and programming.
“I believe that, with the rise of the Chinese middle class, there is lots of potential in Asia for family entertainment, theme parks and other themed entertainment businesses,” explained Zeman.
“The boom in tourism, thanks to the Chinese market, is a major driver of demand for new experiences. LKF Group’s creativity combined with Mr. Wijman’s operational expertise makes for a winning combination.”
With over 20 years experience in theme park operations in Europe and South-East Asia, Wijman is well placed to head up the consultant team. Before joining LKF Attractions, he served as Associate Director of Economics, Design and Planning with AECOM. He has also held management and consulting posts at Asia Park in Vietnam, Sochi Adventure Park in Russia and Warner Bros. Movie World in Germany, among others.
Wijman replaces Mehrmann who has taken up the role of President and General Manager for Universal Beijing Theme Park and Resort, currently under construction in China. Mehrmann left Hong Kong’s Ocean Park last year having served as its Chief Executive for almost 12 years.
LKF Attractions is understood to be finalising vision planning for a proposed upgrade of Cleland Wildlife Park in Adelaide, South Australia. The project is set to feature world class interactive wildlife facilities, educational and local aboriginal cultural elements. When complete, it is expected to become a key international and domestic tourism driver for South Australia.