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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Resort city to drive tourism in Kuantan

KUANTAN: Bukit Gambang Resort City, a RM1bil project undertaken by Sentoria Development Sdn Bhd, is expected to spearhead the growth of the tourism industry in Kuantan town when completed in 10 years.

Datuk Gan Kim Leong (left) at the launch. Also present is Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob (right)

Sentoria executive director Datuk Gan Kim Leong said the first phase, costing some RM140mil, had been completed.

Gan said RM100mil was spent to construct the Carribean Bay suites consisting of 578 studio, deluxe and family suites complete with a clubhouse, gymnasium, jacuzzi, infinity pool, steam room and meeting, incentive, convention and exhibition facilities.

“The water park cost RM40mil and is divided into four main components – Coco Beach, Penguin Island, Tree Top Hill Slides and Garden Terrace.

“Our target is (to attract) 500,000 local and foreign visitors in the first year of operations,” he said after the official opening of the water park by Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob last Tuesday.

Gan added that safety and security features were among the group’s main priorities and the water park and hotel had created 300 job opportunities for the locals.

“I believe the idea of a water park in the east coast is workable as people still need some form of entertainment despite the trying times.

“Our concept is nature-friendly and leans towards family-oriented activities,” he said.

He said the first phase included an active academy centre which would provide team-building facilities such as a 18-part obstacle course and high rope challenges, mini zoo, paintball and jungle trekking activities.

“At least, half the components in the water park were made locally while the remaining 50% were imported from the West.

“Among the suppliers for fibreglass structures and water pumps were renowned firms from Canada, Scotland and Australia, which conform to international standards,” he said.

Gan said the second and third phases would comprise the adventure park, forest park, east coast bazaar, global heritage and heritage square.

“In the later stages, the public can look forward to themed accommodation namely Andaman Bay, Arabian Bay, Mediterranean Beach and Hawaiian Beach,” he said, adding that the integrated city would be the “gateway to Kuantan and east coast states.”

Gan said despite the global economic slowdown, Sentoria was not hard hit as its other properties such as housing and mixed-development projects were still doing well.

He said early this year, it had completed and launched its 108-room budget hotel in Taman Indera Sempurna, which was opened to the public in March.

By The Star (by Simon Khoo)

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