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Official: Kukup will be the main tourist destination in Johor

A sign in Kukup, Johor, is shown in this November 3, 2019 file photo. — Picture of Shafwan Zaidon

Ben Tan

Thursday, June 23, 2022 2:18 PM MYT

ISKANDAR PUTERI, June 23. Johor plans to turn Kukup into a major tourist destination, the official said.

Chairman of the Johor Tourism, Environment and Heritage Committee K. Raeven Kumar said that it is related to the Permas Special Area Plan and the Johor State Tourism Master Plan 2014-2023.

“Kukup offers various travel products that can become an international product.

“For example, Pulau Kukup Johor National Park, which is known as the second largest uninhabited mangrove island in the world.

“Kukup has the potential to be singled out and developed as a major tourist destination in the state,” said Raven Kumar, answering a question at the Johor State Assembly today.

Previously, Datuk Jefridin Atan (BN-Kukup) asked if the state government had plans to develop a tax-free zone around the Kukup International Ferry Terminal to attract more tourists to the area.

Raven Kumar said the study shows that the Kukup International Ferry Terminal has the potential to develop as a duty-free point and could become one of the tourist destinations for shopping.

He said that, as with the Stulang Laut International Ferry Terminal in Johor Bahru, the impact of trading activity would definitely boost revenues and lift the local economy.

Raven, who is also a member of the Tenggaro Legislative Assembly, said that based on potential figures from the Johor State Tourism Master Plan 2014-2023, Johor Tourism is attempting to make Kukup one of the proposed projects under the Special Tourism Investment Zone (STIZ) Project.

“STIZ, through public and private collaboration, will work together to create a more valuable tourism sector in Johor,” he said.

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