Mukhriz Mahathir’s Kedah may try to extract water charges from Penang to raise the state’s revenue. At the same time, the Lankawai Development Authority (Lada) has signed a deal with a “tourism resort and high-impact attraction developer” to build a RM1.2bn “eco-tourism attraction”.
Langkawi itself is an eco-tourism attraction; why would anyone want to build a “bio-dome” for a park to be shared with an “eco-hotel” for a “nature experience”? The plan also includes a “4D immersive dome flyover experience” of Langkawi.
The site of these projects is on two sites totalling 55 acres on which two hotels and villas will be built with multimedia attractions. The developers have acquired an 80-year renewable lease for these two plots. Some federal money will also be used to finance infrastructure development.
We could just preserve Langkawi’s natural beauty – or is that too difficult? Does it sound a bit like Penang having a theme park now that the island’s natural beauty has been gradually degraded over the years?
Incidentally, The people behind the developer, Pekan Artisan Sdn Bhd, of the Langkawi project are the same people behind a couple of Melaka Alive! shows – ‘The Church Show: Merdeka! The March to Freedom’ (projected onto the walls of the ruins of St Paul’s Church and Governor’s House) and ‘The Ship Show: The Winds of Melaka’. What do you think of those shows?
This report from the Business Times:
LANGKAWI Development Authority (Lada) has teamed up with tourism resort and high-impact attraction developer, Pekan Artisan Sdn Bhd, to develop an eco-tourism attraction and resort here with a gross development value (GDV) of RM2.4 billion.
Lada chief executive officer Tan Sri Khalid Ramli said under the agreement, Lada has granted Pekan Artisan an 80-year lease for two sites totalling 22.35ha.
Khalid said a 13.35ha site will be for the expansion of Lada’s Oriental Village while another 9ha site on Pulau Intan Besar, an island south of the main Langkawi island, will be developed into a high-end retreat.
Khalid was attending the memorandum of agreement (MoA) signing ceremony between Lada and Pekan Artisan, here, yesterday. Also present was Menteri Besar Datuk Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir.
Meanwhile, Pekan Artisan chief executive officer Robert Wyatt said the two projects, which kicked off in the fourth quarter last year with a total investment of RM1.2 billion, are expected to be completed by 2019.
“Some 90 per cent of the amount came from local and international private investments as well as bank construction loan and the rest from infrastructure funding.”
He added that the expansion of the Oriental Village will see the development of Langkawi Paradise Gardens and Hotels in two phases.
The first phase on a 4ha site is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2015.
It is scheduled to open in time for the Asean Summit that year.
“It will merge nature walks with unique theatres and artisan workshops. There will be an eco-hotel that will share a bio-dome with the park, creating a dramatic foyer and ‘nature’ experience,” Wyatt said.
“Meanwhile, the Sultan’s Palace and Langkawi Paradise Island, which will be developed in Pulau Intan Besar, is an exclusive island retreat targeted at tourists looking for luxurious island and beach retreat.
“The villas will rest on stilts and are converged around an arrival courtyard that brings the wilderness inside,” Wyatt said, adding that the company expects to boost annual attendance to 1.2 million by 2017.