The Iskandar Region Development Authority (IRDA) is finalising discussions with big theme park operators from North America, Europe and Australia.
However, IRDA chief executive Datuk Ismail Ibrahim declined to name the potential investors coming to Iskandar Malaysia, saying that more details will be disclosed upon signing of agreements soon.
Ismail said IRDA is planning to add four more theme parks in Desaru in Kota Tinggi, Mersing, Kulaijaya and Nusajaya, to complement Iskandar's current two theme parks, namely Legoland Malaysia and Hello Kitty Town.
Legoland Malaysia in Nusajaya is Asia's first and it recently marked its first anniversary.
There will be various theme parks to fulfil the needs of all age groups, including those who seek adventures, Ismail said after the launch of the Iskandar Malaysia Ecotourism Summit by the Sultan of Johor's consort Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah at the Johor International Convention Centre on 8 October.
Iskandar Malaysia is made up of five flagship key zones. They are Johor Baru city centre; Nusajaya; the Western Gate Development such as the Tanjung Pelepas Port and Ramsar sites, the Eastern Gate Development covering Pasir Gudang Port, Pasir Gudang Industrial Park, Tanjung Langsat Port and Tanjung Langsat Industrial Complex; and Senai.
There are three Ramsar sites in Johor, namely Pulau Kukup, Tanjung Piai and Sungai Pulai.
Ramsar sites refer to wetlands or mangrove forest.
Mersing is not located in the flagship zones but a theme park is being considered there.
- Business Times