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IRDA eyes up to six theme parks in Iskandar

KUALA LUMPUR: The Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) is eyeing up to six international theme parks in Iskandar Malaysia, Johor, within the next two or three years.

Its CEO Datuk Ismail Ibrahim said Iskandar Malaysia currently has two theme parks — Legoland Malaysia and Hello Kitty theme park.

“We are currently in talks with several international theme park companies and we will be making the announcement at the appropriate time.

“We are not in the position to reveal the names yet as discussions are still going on,” he told Bernama on the sidelines of the second Global Free Trade & Special Economic Zones Exhibition and Summit here yesterday.

IRDA is the developer of Iskandar Malaysia.

Ismail said the launch of Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia studio in Medini Iskandar in May was expected to further enhance the economic region’s appeal to international investors, especially those in the creative industry.

“The Pinewood Iskandar studio will provide full-fledged facilities and support services for film production.

“Apart from the development infrastructure, IRDA and Pinewood Iskandar are jointly conducting training for film production professionals to meet the requirements of the studio’s clients,” he said. — Bernama

 

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on March 26, 2013.

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