Saturday, June 28, 2008

Big tourism plans for Penang

BEING the point man for Penang’s tourism industry is a daunting job, but state Tourism, Culture, Arts and Heritage Committee chairman Danny Law Heng Kiang has big plans for the future.

Having just passed his 100 days in office, Law is aware that the people are looking for progress and fast implementation of projects.

“Since March 8, I’ve received about 50 proposals from private companies who are interested in embarking on tourism projects in the state.

“Since all of them are private initiatives, they don’t need the funds and in some cases, even the land, from the state government to see their projects through,” Law said.

He said Penang was now studying projects, which include an eco-tourism resort in Teluk Bahang and a 16ha Penang Darling Harbour in Batu Maung.

“There are also proposals for a new marina bay for international cruises to dock, and international standard eco-tourism Asian-style team park with jungle tracking, a crocodile farm and a Cheng Ho Gallery, among many others,” Law said in an interview at his office in Komtar, George Town.

He added that the public would start to see things materialising in the next six months starting with a cable car project and the revamping of Pesta Expo in December.

“We have two options for the cable car project – an RM80mil proposal from Teluk Bahang to Penang Hill and a RM60mil project from Youth Park to Penang Hill.

“We hope to approve and see work start in the next six months,” Law said, adding that Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) reports, extensive research as well as land and buildings consultations had to be done before any project was approved.

Source : STAR
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