i-City, 15 August 2017 (Tuesday) – The Minister of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, YB. Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri bin Abdul Aziz was in i-City today to officiate the unveiling of Red Carpet 2, Malaysia’s first interactive wax museum.
This launch is part of Leisure Park @ i-City’s expansion plan that includes adding new attractions such as the Red Carpet 2 Interactive Wax Museum to further enhance the theme park rides and attractions in the City of Digital Lights.
According to the Deputy Chairman of I-Berhad, Dato’ Eu Hong Chew, Red Carpet 2 will play a more integral component in the City of Digital Lights, while at the same time, the mesmerizing City of Digital Lights is also being scaled up with new lightscapes and a LED mural wrapping the new phase and as an Entry Statement.
As i-City continues to upgrade and add-on new attractions within the City of Digital Lights, dedicated pedestrianized walkways and link bridges are also underway to provide a convenient guest flow connecting all the attractions from WaterWorld, SnoWalk to Red Carpet 2. The first phase of this connectivity will be completed by the end of this year.
“Leisure Park @i-City started with the City of Digital Lights in December 2009 and over the years, major attractions such as SnowWalk, WaterWorld and Red Carpet were added yearly to expand the offerings in the theme park. And as the new phase of the property development completed thus followed the rides and attractions,” stated Dato’ Eu Hong Chew.
“The development of both i-City as a property development enclave and a Leisure Park has reached a phase where a makeover plan for the current rides and attractions is required, to free up current land to make way for future property development.”
“As a tourism destination, i-City is no longer just about the theme park. With the availability of hotels such as Best Western i-City hotel and DobuleTree by Hilton i-City hotel (slated to open in 2020), 2 convention centres and the Central i-City shopping mall (slated to open in October 2018), i-City is now ready to provide an integrated guest experience for business and leisure with theme park, shopping, MICE and hospitality to be a holistic One Stop Tourism Hub.”
According to Dato’ Eu, the new Red Carpet 2 is just the first step.
Pedestrian walkways and link bridges connecting the various tourism elements will be the next transformation point. On the drawing board are plans to provide a “one destination” parking experience that will ride on the Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure. When completed all of these will be a game changer for i-City as a One Stop Tourism Hub.
In his speech, the Minister reminded those present that he had the opportunity to open the Red Carpet in August 2013 and is pleased to be here 4 years later to officiate the Red Carpet 2.
“I understand that this reboot is done taking in consideration the feedback from the many visitors so that it is not only bigger in size, but has lots of new personalities.”
Congratulating i-City on being selected by CNN Travel as one of the top 25 brightest, colourful places in the World, the Minister also commended i-City for progressing with its plans to establish i-City as a One Stop Tourism Hub not withstanding the challenges that the property and tourism industries experienced over the past 2 years.
The Minister added that this demonstrated i-City’s commitment to be a significant player in the Malaysian tourism sector and that the Ministry will assist i-City to realize its vision of the One Stop Tourism Hub.