Wednesday April 21, 2004

RM20mil theme park in Malacca

DUBAI: Malacca is set to start work on a RM20mil theme park in Ayer Keroh covering 28ha, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, said. 
To be sited near the Malacca International Trade Centre, the theme park was part of the state’s drive to expand its tourism facilities and create sound tourism infrastructure, he said. Work on the project will start in two months. 
Early this month, Bank Pembangunan approved a financing deal for the project, which is being developed by a local company, Agib Engineering Construction. 
“Tourism is steadily growing in Malacca and we will like to see it overtaking the industrial sector as the single largest contributor to the state’s gross domestic product by 2010,” he told Bernama
Malacca hopes to achieve “developed” status by 2010, before the same goal is realised for the whole of Malaysia under Vision 2020. 
The state has set a target of four million tourists this year. Last year, it received 3.6 million tourists, of whom some 40% were foreigners. 
It hoped to attract seven million tourists a year by 2010, said Ali, who was in the United Arab Emirates to promote the state as a tourist destination. 
“Besides making Malacca a complete family holiday destination, we are also looking at attracting people interested in recreation, health, sports and environment,” he said. 
Malacca was planning to introduce night safaris at its zoo in about two months, he added. 
Under a two-phase plan, the state is spending up to RM200mil to develop a 5km stretch of the Malacca River for tourism. The first phase was 60% completed, Ali said. 
The works include a river cleanup, building embankments and building pedestrian walkways, and creating a centralised sewerage. 
A host of tourism facilities like restaurants, communication facilities, water taxis and shopping centres are also being developed. – Bernama
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