Bucking current trends, Ocean Park has completed "one of the best years in its history", as the Asian mega-resort continues to attract visitors from around the world.

In fiscal 2009 more than 4.8 million guests visited the marine-themed park in Hong Kong – a figure that stands just five per cent shy of the 5.03 million reached in the previous financial year.

Revenues during the year totalled HK$893.5 million ($115.3m), providing a profit of HK$98.6m ($12.7m).

In addition to the negative effects of the global economic downturn, Ocean Park said it had to address visa control adjustments in mainland China, in addition to a range of natural disasters and the swine flu outbreak, during the year.

Allan Zeman, chairman of the park’s operations, said: "Ocean Park once again made a strong contribution to our community, our economy and our tourism industry, while touching the lives of people from around the world.

"Looking forward, we have wonderful opportunities for growth, in terms of spare land for further development, and our proven ability to build traffic from many geographic and demographic markets."