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Published on : Thursday, June 15, 2017
Johor had almost seven million tourist arrivals in 2015, the highest number nationwide for that year. Tourism is a significant driving force for the state’s economic growth and important for further development of the state.
Johor Mentri Besar Mohamed Khaled Nordin said “For tourism, the state government through Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) has launched several initiatives including Ramsar Eco-Discovery, Iskandar Malaysia Heritage, Arts and Culture Trails, establishing Nusajaya as a ‘family, fun and leisure’ destination and many others.”
Besides these, he is keen to grow more tourism attractions in Johor that will utilize its strategic geographic location as the southernmost tip of Asia with balmy beaches around the western coast fronting the Malacca Straits to the South China Sea to the east. The state is already famous for its Legoland and Hello Kitty theme parks in Nusajaya. Apart from tourism the state has adopted measures to further develop its logistics, health, and business operation sub-sectors.
Khaled said, “Global Business Services (GBS) Iskandar was set up to facilitate local and foreign companies in setting up their GBS operations in Iskandar Puteri. The state is also strategising on the advancement of its logistics sector with the plan to integrate the management of three ports: Port of Tanjung Pelepas, Johor Port and Tanjung Langsat for a streamlined but more focused ports services. This will be supported by the five new logistic parks and distribution centres in Sedenak, Kulai, Senaim, Kempas and Tanjung Kupang.”
Mr. Khaled said the state has also been promoting petroleum and petrochemical products, natural gas as well as biotechnology as the new growth industries.