Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Go-ahead for Tourism Developers

DEVELOPERS of tourism-related projects can start work immediately after obtaining their planning permission, said state Tourism Development Committee chairman Teng Chang Yeow.

Currently, tourism-related projects can only commence after both planning permission and building plan approval have been obtained.

“Under the current system, it takes about 12 months or more to get the planning permission and building plan approved be-fore construction work is allowed to start.

“Developers can now start work after obtaining their planning permission while their buil-ding plan must be approved be-fore obtaining their occupancy certificate,” he said.

The projects covered construction of hotels, motels, theme parks and service apartments, he said after attending the inaugu-ral launch of Firefly at the Pe-nang International Airport in Ba-yan Lepas.

Teng said the committee was also studying whether new ho-tels could be issued with just one licence to operate the coffee house, spa and other facilities.

On another matter, he said the state government had earmar- ked a 36ha piece of land adja- cent to the airport for the proposed Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT).

“The Federal Government will decide who will develop and operate the LCCT,” he said.

It is learnt that AirAsia is keen on developing and operating the LCCT.

Asked on plans for new international flights to Penang, Teng said the state would propose to Malaysia Airlines to reinstate the London-Penang direct flight.

“We also have requests for di-rect flights to Nagoya, Japan,” he said.

Source : STAR
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