PENANG may have high-class hotels but it lacks tourist attractions, promotions or publicity to lure foreign and local visitors, said a backbencher.
Syed Amerruddin Syed Ahmad (BN – Teluk Kumbar) said that Singapore, despite having no forests, successfully promoted itself as a “Wild Island” featuring its zoo animals.
He added that Penang’s tourism products, such as the new eco-tourism development in Pulau Jerejak, did not have much attractions compared to Pulau Tioman’s snorkelling or scuba-diving activities.
Syed Amerruddin also said there was a lack of recreational space for residents around Bayan Baru and areas towards the island’s south.
State Local Government, Environment and Traffic Management Committee chairman Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan replied that the Penang Municipal Council was taking over a piece of land in Relau to create a community park.