The seven “World Wonders of Penang” were introduced during a campaign called “Experience Penang 2022: The Diversity of Asia” in Hatyai, Thailand.
Penang tourism and creative economy committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin said the World Wonders were exciting nouveau attractions that would make Penang globally renowned.
“A seamless and diverse experience in Penang awaits tourists from all over the world,” he said at the launch attended by Thai hoteliers, travel agents and media members.
Earlier, Penang Global Tourism chief executive officer Ooi Chok Yan briefed the attendees on the seven World Wonders.
They are the longest outdoor water slide (Escape Penang), the highest altitude stressed ribbon bridge surrounded by a 130-million-year-old forest (The Habitat Penang Hill), the steepest tunnel track (Penang Hill), the first tropical butterfly farm (Entopia), the highest rope course challenge (The Gravityz), the first free-standing vertical drop slide (Tech Dome Penang) and the first tower semi-curved skywalk (The Top Penang).
Malaysia Association of Hotels (MAH) Penang chapter chairman Tony Goh and StudyPenang secretary Johnny Goh also gave presentations on the accommodation and world-class education opportunities the state could offer the Thais.
Krungthai Card Public Company Ltd (KTC) area manager Phatchara Sakdanaraseth then spoke on the special privileges the company was offering its 2.5 million credit card members on direct flights to Penang as well as hotel and ticket bookings.
A business matching session was then held between 24 sellers from Penang, one from Thailand and 37 Thai buyers.
Meanwhile, in a media meeting after the launch, Yeoh and Ooi were asked to choose one word to describe Penang.
Yeoh told Buletin Mutiara he chose “diversity”, explaining that Penang was a unique cultural melting pot known for its sandy beaches, two Unesco accolades and delicious food.
Ooi picked the word “challenge”, saying that Penang through its seven wonders would allow millennials to discover more about themselves.
Also present at the launch were Malaysia consul-general in Songkla Muhammad Ridzuan Abu Yazid, StudyPenang executive director Datuk Khoo Boo Lim, Tourism Council of Thailand president Sompol Chevawattanapong, KTC travel, leisure marketing and credit care business manager Pattheeera Anandchotiphatchara, Thai Travel Agents Association lower southern chapter president Pongpan Pakiyakul and Hatyai Commercial Technological College & Jitjan High School manager Jitjan Saraviroj.
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