GENTING HIGHLAND: The countrys tourism industry must continue to improve its infrastructure in facing the challenges of being a leading global destination, said Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
The Prime Minister urged all stakeholders involved to work towards installing the necessary hardware and software as well as removing obstacles to ensure visitors could effortlessly and fully enjoy all that Malaysia had to offer.
The countrys tourism industry should be broadly and comprehensively defined and therefore be able to promote a wave of activities that will augment this industry further, he said at a gala dinner to celebrate the Genting Groups 40th anniversary here last night.
Guests at the gala dinner were also treated to a performance by Robin Gibb of Bee Gees fame. The singer was backed by a 22-piece orchestra.
Abdullah said Malaysia should capitalise on the service sector, which was the largest contributor to the Gross Domestic Product, with a growth of just under 7% last year.
He also credited Gentings success in attracting 17 million visitors annually and its achievements to its founder Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong, Genting chairman and chief executive officer Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay as well as the Genting staff.
When all of you can reflect on 40 years of strong progress I hope that you will be able to forge ahead with a renewed sense of purpose enabling the Genting group to continue to achieve greater levels of success for itself and the country, he added.
Abdullah also launched the Genting Bio-Oil, Malaysias first commercially produced bio-oil after video conferencing with Genting Sanyen executive vice-president Ng Nai Hoi, who was at the Genting Bio-Oil Ayer Hitam Plant in Johor.
Meanwhile, Kok Thay said the Genting group planned to convert waste generated by oil palm plantations, especially empty fruit bunches, into bio-oil which was a revolutionary source of renewable energy.