There's more to Penang than just delicious food or the UNESCO World
Heritage Site of George Town, and despite its popularity with regional
travellers there still remain many hidden and unexplored sites that
That was the key message that Penang's travel industry stakeholders
were keen to put across to the travel trade as Penang Global Tourism
launches the 'Experience Penang - The Diversity of Asia' campaign to woo
Singapore and international travellers back to the island.
Penang State EXCO for Tourism & Creative Economy, Yeoh Soon Hin,
together with Penang Global Tourism, Ooi Chok Yan; Albert Tan, honorary
president and advisor for Malaysian Chinese Tourism Association (MCTA);
and Khoo Boo Lim, vice president of Malaysian Association of Hotels
(MAH) laid out plans to revitalise Penang’s tourism sector during its
first official travel campaign in Singapore in two years.
Yeoh said, “Singapore was the first country to have a Vaccinated
Travel lane (VTL) with Penang and remains our second international
visitor-generating market. Singaporeans appreciate our rich heritage,
art, architecture and of course, our kaleidoscope of gourmet offering
that best reflects our colourful ethnic mix of Malay, Indian, Chinese
and Peranakan culture."
Penang Global Tourism and local tourism stakeholders are urging travellers to explore the lesser known parts of the island. Photo Credit: Penang Global Tourism
What's on the opposite and other sides of Penang
To expand the footprint of all international travellers beyond the
popular sites, Penang Global Tourism has unveiled two distinct
‘The Opposite Side of the Island’ promotes Seberang Perai, located on
the mainland, which is home to rustic attractions such as the
photogenic Kampong Agong and the large Mengkuang Dam.
‘The Other Side of the Island’, which showcases Balik Pulau and Teluk
Bahang on the southwest, abound with natural beauty and experiences
around nutmeg, durian, seafood and untouched beaches.
As well, Penang also boasts accolades such as the Seven Wonders
including (1) the world's highest-altitude Stressed Ribbon Bridge at The
Habitat Penang Hill; (2) the world's longest tube waterslide at Escape
Penang; (3) the world's first free standing vertical drop slide at Tech
Dome Penang; (4) the world's steepest tunnel track at Penang Hill; (5)
the world's first butterfly and insect sanctuary; and (6) the world's
highest rope course challenge and (7) the world's first tower skywalk,
both atop Komtar.
What's new on Penang
Penang's hospitality sector, like anywhere else, suffered during the
pandemic but it is currently on the mend now, said MAH's Khoo.
Visitors can look forward to upcoming hotels such as Amari Hotel,
which will officially launch in November 2022 with 453 keys; The George
Penang Hotel offering 93 rooms and suites; and the 343-room Crowne Plaza
in Strait City.
The iconic state is also celebrating a second UNESCO accreditation,
Penang Hill Biosphere Reserve which comprises of 12,481 hectares of
marine and terrestrial ecosystems.
Penang Cruise Port, which underwent an expansion in 2020, is now able
to accommodate two Quantum-class ships, according to Penang Global
As one of Asia's most popular and busiest port of call in Asia,
Penang is also primed for a visitor rebound with Royal Caribbean
International's Spectrum of the Seas and Resorts World Cruises' Genting
Dream currently calling at Penang Cruise Port, added MCTA's Tan.