THE Penang Tourism Master Plan is still in the planning stage as the state government is carefully studying all suggestions received.
State tourism, arts and culture committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin said a meticulous planning was necessary on the direction of tourism in the state.
Yeoh, who represented Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, said this when answering an oral question from Goh Choon Aik (PH-Bukit Tambun).
Goh asked about the recommendations under the plan, the number of tourists to Penang Hill, and number of rooms available and development of new hotels on the hill at the state assembly.
Yeoh said a total of 1,380,851 people had visited the hill as of October this year, of which 874,949 were local tourists while 505,902 were foreigners.
“There are a total of 12 rooms on the hill as of 2019, with about 30% to 40% of tourists using the accommodation, ” he said.
Yeoh said the state would continue to upgrade the accommodation and services on Penang Hill to ensure it becomes a major eco-tourism destination in the region.
“Penang Hill Corporation is also committed to retain the environmental and heritage values on Penang Hill while creating attractive development features for tourists.
“Among them will be the Convalescent Bungalow which will be developed into an eco-friendly hotel with about 250 to 300 rooms.
“The Request For Proposal for the hotel will be prepared by the corporation after certain land issues are ironed out, ” he said.
Yeoh said affordable accommodation in the Coolie Line area was also being planned now.
He said the RFP would be called for the development in early next year.