Saturday, December 09, 2006

Eye On Malaysia - 60m-high Ferris wheel

Chance to get bird’s eye view of KL

KUALA LUMPUR: A 60m-high Ferris wheel with 42 gondolas at Lake Titiwangsa will be one of the major attractions to lure tourists here for Visit Malaysia Year 2007.

Called Eye On Malaysia, it will be here for the whole of next year to give city folks and tourists a view of the Kuala Lumpur skyline.

“The gondolas, which are air-conditioned and can take in eight adults at a time, will offer a bird’s eye view of Kuala Lumpur,''said VMY 2007 head of secretariat Hashimah Nik Jaafar.

“The Ferris wheel is of Swiss technology and will be specially brought in as one of the main attractions for VMY 2007,” she said, adding that the structure would be up by Dec 26.
Apart from the Ferris wheel, there will be activities like Jet Ski show, fireworks display as well as laser shows at the lake during the night.

“A giant screen will be installed featuring scenes of Malaysian history from pre- to post-independence,” she said.

“It is significant as VMY 2007 coincides with our nation’s 50th National Day celebrations hence our theme Celebrating 50 Years of Nationhood,'' she said.

Hashimah said the VMY 2007 campaign had a long-term target that stretched up to 2010 to lure tourists to Malaysia.

“Our target is 20.1 million tourist arrivals, which we expect will generate an income of about RM44.5bil,” she said, adding that 80% of the tourists were expected to flock to Kuala Lumpur.

“Part of KL's attractions include shopping, food, cultural performances and arts and craft, and we have planned a series of events throughout the year to make it interesting for visitors,” she said.

There will also be the Buskers Festival, the Flora Fest and Florathon taking place at the Lake Garden, she added.

“As a pre-launch event of the Malaysia Flora Fest, the Florathon will be held on Jan 20 which is a fun 2km walk from Dataran Merdeka to the Lake Gardens.

“Merit is given to flower power and not speed. We want people to dress in their flower power togs and have fun,” she said.

Shopping complexes and hotels are encouraged to take part in decorating their lobby areas with Malaysian flowers.

Another interesting attraction in the pipeline is the Malaysia International Aerospace Exhibition 2007 to take place at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang from June 5 to Aug 7.

“We’re bringing in the Buran Space Shuttle for display. There’ll be a space artefact gallery, astronaut training show, lunar landing show, shuttle flight simulator, astronaut fitness test and other space related activities,” she added.

Source : STAR
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