Hong Kong, Disney mull theme park expansion

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HONG KONG -- The Hong Kong government is in talks with Disney over the expansion of Hong Kong Disneyland despite an unsatisfactory first two years of performance, Hong Kong secretary for commerce and economic development Frederic Ma said Wednesday.

Ma would not confirm the exact amount of public funds that were being considered for Disneyland expansion.

"The government will take into account a number of factors, including economic benefits to Hong Kong, appeal of the new attractions to local residents and visitors, operational efficiency and financial prospect of the park as well as the development of other large-scale tourist attractions in the region," Ma said.

Hong Kong International Theme Parks, a joint venture between the Hong Kong government and Disney, owns and manages Hong Kong Disneyland.

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