The longest water tube ride in the world is now open to the public at Escape Theme Park in Teluk Bahang.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said for years that Escape theme park has been the leading tourist attraction in Penang and the opening of the new attraction of the 1,111-meter-long water slide will further improve its status as Malaysia's number one theme park. According to a recent study conducted by Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), 10.9% of international and domestic tourists visited Escape in Penang.
"The study shows a stunning statistic and testimony to the importance of Escape to the tourism development goals of both Penang and Malaysia," he said at the official opening of Escape Phase 3 – Gravityplay and the Guinness World Records Longest Tube Water Slide.
Chow said the statistics of the Penang Immigration Department also showed that the number of visitor arrivals registered this year from January to August had risen dramatically by 207.7 percent to 89,535 from just 29,101 reported in the corresponding period last year.
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, Senator Lim Hui Ying and the theme park developer and chief executive Sim Choo Kheng were also present at the opening ceremony.
In the meantime, Sim said it is the culmination of years of struggle to turn dreams into reality.
"From conceptualization to funding from the Penang Development Corporation, I am thankful to all those who have contributed to making Escape what it is today-a world-class tourist destination with world-class attractions that produce more smiles every hour for everyone visiting Escape," said Sim, who also acknowledged that RM60 million has been invested in the last seven years.
Previously, Escape Penang also inked a memorandum of understanding with a wholly-owned TNB affiliate, GSPARX Sdn Bhd, to develop a photovoltaic facility to supply Escape with renewable energy.
Sim said that this plan would make Escape Malaysia's first theme park to be completely carbon neutral.
"At Escape, our eco-friendly parks co-exist with the natural habitat. We want our tourists to experience playing among the beautiful scenery and rainforest that we have here in Penang. This partnership with GSPARX will allow us to be fully self-sustainable and carbon-neutral, as mother nature intended it to be," he said.
He also added that the physical construction on an estimated 0.6 hectare of land will complete in over a year and will help reduce the monthly electricity bill of up to 15 percent.
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