Penang seeks private initiative to boost tourism

THE state government welcomes private investors who are keen on showcasing Penang, its products, and uniqueness, together with the essence of several other countries – all in one location.


Penang Entrepreneurial Development, Trade and Industry Committee chairman Datuk Abdul Halim Hussain said Penang’s tourism could benefit from the concept adopted by Global Village in Dubai.


According to its website, Global Village brought the cultures of the world together. Visitors can discover 80 different cultures across 26 pavilions this season.


The Global Village in Dubai.


“This is an interesting concept where different countries can promote their product at their respective pavilions.


“We are here to understand and check out their concept. This can be a new tourism product for Penang,” he said at Global Village, Dubai, this evening.


Ahmad Fuzi (centre) is being briefed by an official during his visit to Global Village. With him are Yeoh (forefront, right), Abdul Halim (second row, right) and Azhar (second row, second from right).


Abdul Halim added that a private company had expressed interest on implementing such concept in Penang.


Also present were Penang Governor Tun Ahmad Fuzi Abdul Razak and his wife Toh Puan Khadijah Mohd Nor, state Tourism and Creative Economy Committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin, Penang Entrepreneurial Development, Trade and Industry Committee member Goh Choon Aik, Penang State Financial Officer Datuk Dr Mohamad Farazi Johari, Seberang Perai City Council mayor Datuk Azhar Arshad, Penang Development Corporation chief executive officer Aziz Bakar.


Ahmad Fuzi (sixth from right), Khadijah (fifth from right), Abdul Halim (fifth from left), Yeoh (second from right), Goh (left) and the delegates from Penang take a group photo at Global Village, Dubai.


The delegates from Penang are in Dubai for the launching of the Penang Week at the Expo 2020 Dubai. The Penang Week will be held from Jan 17 to 21 at the Malaysia Pavilion at the expo.


The launching ceremony of Penang Week will be held tomorrow.



Story by Christopher Tan