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New theme parks, outlet to boost Johor tourism
December 13, 2012

The opening of two theme parks and an international shopping outlet has given the state's tourism industry a huge boost with foreign tourist arrivals recording 29% increase this year.

For the first eight month of this year, tourist arrivals touched 14.4 million compared to 11.1 million for the same period last year, said state tourism, domestic trade and consumer affairs committee chairman Datuk Hoo Seong Chang.

On the total number of tourists arrivals in the state annually, Hoo added that in 2011, the state received 16.73 million visitors compared with 16.58 million in 2010.

Hoo attributed the drastic increase in tourist arrivals to the opening of the Johor Premium Outlets (JPO) in Kulai; Legoland Malaysia and the Puteri Habour family theme park, both in Nusajaya.

“These attractions will also help ensure tourists spend more time in the state from 1.8 days in 2010 to three days by 2021,” he said in his speech at the state assembly in Nusajaya.

He added that tourism was also expected to generate more income as the spending power of a tourist here was also expected to increase from RM450 in 2009 to RM1,030 in 2020.

Hoo added that the state government was aware of the potential from the tourism sector and was committed to developing the support facilities and also ensure the proper management and maintenance of these international class destinations.

“We are also encouraging and motivating our industry players especially through the Johor Tourism Awards which has been held at least two times,” he added.

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