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Published on : Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Malaysia’s Penang state has emerged one of the leading states in the country in terms of tourism, according to Deputy Prime Minister Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. The tourism industry has also dominated 40 per cent of the overall state’s economy.
The announcement was made the Deputy PM on the sidelines of the official opening of THE TOP@Komtar yesterday (Dec 19). He also pointed out that THE TOP@Komtar, a new tourism spot in the state, could be a platform to promote Penang locally and also internationally.
“Penang has long been a favourite spot among tourists, both locally and internationally.
“In fact, this paradise island has been making its mark across the globe, and most recently, it has earned a place among the top 10 best places to retire in the world as ranked by acclaimed travel magazine Conde Nast Traveller.”
The text of his speech was read out by Culture and Tourism Minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz.
The deputy prime minister added that with the opening of the new attraction, which comes with a skyhigh transparent bridge, it was a stepping stone for the state to assist the country into achieving the nation’s goal in becoming a prominent high-income nation in the international landscape.
According to ourism Malaysia, in 2015 alone, the state recieved 6.3 million domestic and international tourist arrivals.
THE TOP@Komtar is part of the iconic and historical building that had been the icon for the state for decades and was built during the era of former Chief Minister, Dr Lim Chong Eu in 1970’s.
THE TOP is expected to become a new attraction in the state. It includes Rainbow Skywalk at level 68; lookout tower and a jurassic research centre.