LANGKAWI, Oct 26 — Langkawi has attracted some RM4 billion in private investments in new hotels since last year, said Ayer Langat assemblyman Datuk Mohd Rawi Abdul Hamid.
Mohd Rawi, who is also Kedah Religion, Indian and Siamese Community Affairs, Human Resources and Tourism committee chairman, said the investments are for the five-star Ritz Carlton, Tropicana Telaga Harbour, Hotel Burau and Park Royal Pantai Tengah, as well as for smaller hotels.
A legalisation programme is also being held for the tourism attraction of Pantai Cenang to enable more rooms to be made available, he told reporters after launching the Langkawi International Futsal Challenge (LIFC) here Monday.
Mohd Rawi said the lack of rooms during school holidays and when international events are held is often cited by prospective tourists for cancelling their plan to visit the resort island.
These events should also be spread throughout the year instead of being packed into the peak tourist season, with better coordination from the Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) and the state economic planning unit, he added.