ISKANDAR PUTERI: Legoland Malaysia Resort will undertake a new project to attract visitors in the form of an aquarium marine life at its theme park here to ensure that more visitors from within and outside the country come to the park.
State Tourism, Trade and Consumerism Committee chairman Tee Siew Kiong said Legoland Malaysia had allocated RM50 million to realise the first phase of the project which would begin construction work next week.
“The project, with a family-based theme, promises a new and attractive experience and is implemented on a joint-venture basis with the world’s largest global aquarium entrepreneur, Merlin Entertainment Group and Theme Attractions.
“Subsequent announcements will be made by Legoland Malaysia in the third quarter of this year,” he told reporters after launching the 40th Anniversary Celebration of Star Wars at the theme park here today.
Tee said he welcomed such an initiative because one of the development clusters in the Johor Bahru district was to attract more tourists via the theme parks.
He said since its opening in 2012, Legoland Malaysia had consistently added attractions and new experiences for the tourists every year, including the introduction of the Water Theme Park, Hotel Legoland, Ninja Go and now, Star Wars.
Accommodation at the hotel had also recorded surplus reservations during the peak seasons, such as school holidays and public holidays, while on normal days reservations were recorded at 75%.
Tee said following the encouraging response received, Legoland planned to expand its hotel business in future.
He also urged other tourism product entrepreneurs to upgrade their attraction capacity to ensure that they were attractive globally.
Meanwhile, Legoland Malaysia operations director Casper Bonavent said the anniversary celebrations for Star Wars would kick off today and end on May 31.
It presented various activities for the participation of the whole family, including the Imperial March, Star Wars Miniland Live, Jedi Academy, Spot The Stormtrooper, and Star Wars Trivia Hunt.