Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Nusajaya to have a Malaysian Tropical Paradise Theme Park

JOHOR BARU: Nusajaya will have a uniquely Malaysian tropical paradise theme park. It is said to be the first of its kind in the world, and it is set to become an international holiday destination.

Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said the theme park was designed to embrace and reflect our tropical climate, and would be distinctly Malaysian in design.

He did not disclose who the operators would be, but mentioned that Khazanah Nasional Berhad was in the final stages of discussion with international theme park operators.

"It is significantly different from the theme parks in the US, France, Hong Kong or Australia. It will create a buzz in the international tourism industry," Ghani said after chairing the weekly state exco meeting at Bukit Timbalan.

"The state government and Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda) will monitor the ticket pricing so as to appeal to domestic tourists," he added.

The proposed theme park will be built on part of a 970ha site earmarked for entertainment and leisure activities, which include hotels, resorts and golf courses.

The theme park forms part of an international destination resort, one of seven signature developments at Nusajaya, which in turn is one of five flagship zones under the Iskandar Development Region.

Ghani said the theme park would be the main tourist attraction in Iskandar.

It has been reported that Universal Studios is not in the running to operate the park and that the operator will be announced before the end of the year.

Nusajaya township sits on a sprawling 9,696ha, and will become home to 500,000 people over the next 20 years.

There are seven key developments in the project.

Source : NST
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