Monday, April 23, 2007

Penang may have Theme Park

Penang may soon have a theme park, complete with a roller coaster and other fun rides similar to those in Genting High-lands.

State Tourism Development and Environment Committee chairman Teng Chang Yeow said the state had endorsed a proposal by a Japanese company to set up the theme park on a 3.2ha site near the Auto City in Juru.

He said the company had expressed interest in setting up the park on the privately owned land due to its accessible location.

“The theme park will have 28 different attractions, some of them similar to the ones we have in Genting,” Teng elaborated.

“The state government welcomes the idea of a theme park as it will be a new tourism product for the state. We gave our endorsement last week during the tourism product committee meeting.

“However, the company must seek approval from DOSH (Department of Occupational Safety and Health), the local authorities and the Customs Department. DOSH will be looking into the safety of the equipment.”

Teng was speaking to newsmen after jointly opening the Thai Songkran festival 2007 with Deputy Consul General of Thailand Wasin Dhamavasi at Queensbay Mall yesterday. The two-week festival was jointly organised by Kenlink and Alila Star Enterprise.

Teng said the state government was willing to promote the Songkran Festival on a larger scale.

“The state has supported the Japanese Bon Odori events. Similarly, we will also support Thai traditional festivals,” he said.

Alila Star managing director Sirinya Koram said many Thai people, especially those from South Thailand would be attracted to visit Penang.

“South Thailand has many attractions but because of the unrest, it is becoming difficult for us to attract foreign tourists,” he said

Source : STAR
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