LANGKAWI: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak wants more effort be put in to turn Langkawi as a high-nett worth tourist
destination in the region.
Speaking during the Langkawi Tourism Awards 2015 ceremony at the Langkawi International Convention Centre (LICC) here tonight, he said efforts to turn Langkawi as the “Monaco of the East” for well-heeled tourists should be done while maintaining its attraction for mass tourism.
“I would like to see Langkawi emerge as the ‘Monaco of the East’ for high nett worth tourists, while maintaining its appeal for mass tourism. I would like to see two-tier development for Langkawi, one for mass tourism and another one for high-nett worth tourists,” he said .
He said turning Langkawi as a high-end tourist destination for deep-pocketed tourists would spur numerous multiplier effects to the local economy such as creating high-paying jobs.
According to the Prime Minister, there are pockets of high-end tourist destinations in Langkawi such the St Regis luxurious hotel, but the development for that kind of destinations need to enhanced and be overall.-BERNAMA