|Friday, 18 January 2013 18:01|
JOHOR BAHARU: Themed Attractions and Resorts Sdn Bhd, Khazanah Nasional's recreation and tourism outfit, has no plans now to increase the number of theme parks at Iskandar Malaysia.Its Chief Development Officer Muhammad Zainal Ashikin said currently the company was devoting full attention to run Legoland Malaysia and Puteri Harbour Family theme parks at the economic corridor.
The RM750 million Legoland Malaysia was opened on Sept 15 last year while the RM115 million Puteri Harbour Family Theme Park began receiving visitors in December last year.
"Our hands are quite full right now with Legoland Malaysia and Puteri Harbour Family Theme Park. We've also announced our plans to open marine and water theme parks at the Desaru holiday resort.
"Currently, we are focusing full attention to run the existing theme parks at Iskandar Malaysia and are working on our plans to develop marine and water theme parks in Desaru.
"We've no plans as yet to open a third theme park at Iskandar Malaysia," he told Bernama.
The Ocean Quest Marine Theme Park and Air Ocean Splash Water Park at the Desaru holiday resort are slated to be opened to the public in 2015 or 2016.
Themed Attractions and Resorts is expected to open the Legoland Water Theme Park and Legoland Hotel, to be located adjacent to the Legoland Malaysia Theme Park, this year and next year, respectively.
Last year, the company opened the Kidzania Theme Park in Kuala Lumpur and intends to open Kidzania Singapore next year.
Since their opening, Legoland Malaysia Theme Park and Puteri Harbour Family Theme Park, which boasts the Sanrio Hello Kitty Town, the first outside Japan, have wooed thousands of visitors from within and outside the country.
The local media had reported recently that the renowned theme park operator in the United States, Six Flags Entertainment, which owns 17 theme parks in north America, would invest up to RM1.5 billion to open its theme park at Iskandar Malaysia.
However, Six Flags Entertainment and Iskandar Investment Bhd have denied the report.
Iskandar Investment has also refuted media reports that it has links with an Indonesian company, PT Pembangunan Jaya Ancol, to build a theme park at the economic corridor.