JOHOR BARU, Malaysia : The Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) has been in talks with several operators to realise its vision of bringing to Iskandar Malaysia at least five international theme parks within the next five years.

Chief executive Datuk Ismail Ibrahim said the talks were between parties from Australia, Indonesia, Japan and Europe as well as North America.

“As Iskandar Malaysia has good connectivity, we would like to see the theme parks spread out within the region. The parks do not necessarily have to be outdoor. They can be indoor and ICT based.”

Ismail hoped at least one of the new theme parks will be able to launch by year-end or early next year.

Iskandar Malaysia has currently three theme parks, namely Legoland Malaysia, Hello Kitty and Angry Birds.

Meanwhile, Ismail is optimistic that logistics will be a key feature of Iskandar Malaysia’s development.

“Logistics is one of the nine promoted key sectors. But, in developing Iskandar Malaysia, it has been mainly playing a supporting role and is not the main sector.

“So, to help further spur the economic region, we are working on several major catalytic projects, that would reflect this type of a sector.”

source : therakyatpost

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