Jo­hor build­ing car­a­van parks

MB: Plan will at­tract more tourists

The Star Malaysia - - NATION -

KOTA TINGGI: Tourists who want to go on a car­a­van holiday will be able to do so in Jo­hor soon.

The state author­i­ties, in a move to at­tract more tourists to the state, will pro­vide 14 car­a­van parks for holiday mak­ers.

Men­tri Be­sar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin said a 0.4ha piece of land within Bio De­saru has been marked as the first car­a­van park. Bio De­saru is an in­te­grated biotech agri­cul­ture and food pro­duc­tion hub lo­cated near Sedili here.

He added that the lo­ca­tion of the first car­a­van park was made pos­si­ble through the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Jo­hor Tourism and Bio De­saru Sdn Bhd (BDSB) to make the state an agro-tourism cen­tre by 2020.

“Sev­eral ar­eas along the east­ern side of Jo­hor have the po­ten­tial to be de­vel­oped as a car­a­van park and be­come the state’s new­est tourism prod­uct to at­tract lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional tourists.

“With such at­trac­tive of­fers avail­able, tourists can travel in Jo­hor us­ing car­a­vans. The car­a­van holiday con­cept is sim­i­lar to those be­ing done in Aus­tralia and New Zealand,” he said af­ter vis­it­ing Bio De­saru here yes­ter­day.

He pointed out that the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the state tourism and BDSB came at the right time with plans to mar­ket Bio De­saru as a cen­tre to pro­mote or­ganic food in Jo­hor.

“Steps are be­ing made to gazette tourism zones start­ing from Bio De­saru un­til Mersing and the East Coast Eco­nomic Re­gion to com­ple­ment the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two agen­cies,” he added.

Mohamed Khaled said since its in­cep­tion in 2008, Bio De­saru has at­tracted RM1.6bil in in­vest­ments so far.

He said Malaysia’s agro-food in­dus­try was ex­pected to see a growth of up to 4.7% by 2020 with an ad­di­tional value of RM29.8bil.

“Once Bio De­saru is fully com­pleted within the next four years, it will cre­ate 4,167 em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and gen­er­ate more than RM1­bil for the national gross in­come,” he said.

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