Friday, January 13, 2012
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today launched a tourism plan of action designed to make Langkawi as renowned as some of the world-famous islands.
He said he was convinced that the Langkawi Tourism Blueprint would make the legendary resort island as popular as the Seychelles, Mauritius, Bali, Hawaii and Maldives.
Launching the blueprint, which incorporates the implementation of a 2011-2015 development programme, at a hotel here, Najib said Langkawi must brand itself strongly, particularly in terms of its spectacular natural assets.
The prime minister said the implementation of the blueprint is expected to boost the island's tourism income in 2015 to RM3.8 billion through three million tourist arrivals, besides making available 4,200 jobs.
He said an investment of RM5 billion was necessary during the period of implementation of the blueprint, and that 52 per cent of the funding would be generated by the private sector.
He said the government would allocate RM420 million, as provided for in Budget 2012, to undertake the development outlined in the blueprint