Jul 3, 2008 By ANDREA FILMER
THE Penang Government is looking into three proposals to build a RM1bil Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) centre.
Penang Tourism, Culture, Arts and Heritage Committee chairman Danny Law Heng Kiang said a decision would be made in three or four months and if green light was given, it would be one of the first projects approved to boost the state as a tourist destination.
“The state is looking into three proposals to build MICE centre to cater for large confe-rences and seminars.
Light moment: Kee (right) chatting with Law. Looking on is Nazir Ariff.
“The first location proposed is in George Town where 8.1ha of land will have to be acquired and reclaimed.
“The second proposal is by a Penang-based conglomerate to build the centre off the Jelutong Expressway in which the company owns the land.
“There is also another proposal that comes from a joint venture of Middle Eastern and local investors to build the project on 2ha of state-owned land in Bayan Mutiara,” Law told reporters after a Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MICCI) dialogue with Penang tourism players.
Law said the MICE proposals, each totalling to about RM1bil, would be able to house 5,000 to 8,000 people.
On proposed theme parks in the state, Law said two proposals using land in Balik Pulau were being looked into.
“Both Chinese and Middle Eastern investors in joint ventures with local companies have shown interest in building a theme park in Balik Pulau.
“One proposal is to build an 81ha theme park with lodging facilities and other attractions while the other proposal is to build a 16ha Eastern-style theme park,” he said.
Over 40 tourism representatives from hotels, airlines and tour agencies attended the luncheon-cum-dialogue at Traders Hotel.
Among those present were Penang Tourism Action Council chairman Datuk Kee Phaik Cheen and MICCI Penang branch chairman Datuk Nazir Ariff.