According to Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari, Selangor's newest theme park will be crucial in making the state the most popular among Malaysian tourists.
At the SplashMania Waterpark's official opening, the caretaker Mentri Besar of the Gamuda Cove settlement in Banting announced as much.
There are 24 waterslides and 15 additional attractions in the 7.28-acre waterpark.
22 million domestic tourists visited Selangor last year, according to Amirudin, and 3.2 million overseas tourists.
By the end of this year, I do not doubt that we will surpass the 25 million mark and surpass all other states in terms of the number of visitors from Malaysia.
In 2022, Selangor boosted its percentage of Malaysia's gross domestic product (GDP) to a record-high 25.5%, up 0.7% from the previous number of 24.8% in 2021, according to data recently released by the Statistics Department, he claimed.
I am optimistic that we will reach the 30% threshold by 2026 or 2027, he declared. According to Amirudin, there is an international competition for tourists in Selangor.
The top cities in the region, including Jakarta, Manila, Bangkok, Singapore, and even Hanoi, compete with us.
"Interesting tourist attractions like Gamuda Cove's SplashMania will strengthen Selangor as a lifestyle destination and expand the retail sector's capability.
In light of this, he stated, "We welcome the arrival of SplashMania Waterpark and Gamuda's effort as well as their investments in the revitalization of Paya Indah Discovery Wetlands, as well as the establishment of Discovery Park at Gamuda Cove.
Since its soft launch in February, according to Gamuda Bhd chairman Tan Sri Ambrin Buang, the waterpark has received more than 75,000 visitors per month.
Ambrin stated that following the official opening, all attractions would be accessible to the general public, including Atlantis VR, the nation's first virtual reality waterslide, as well as the Monsta and Twista waterslides with their swift twists and turns.
According to him, SplashMania's success "contributes to the success of other ecotourism products within Gamuda Cove, namely the Paya Indah Discovery Wetlands and Discovery Park, which we are confident will continue to attract local and regional visitors."
Datuk Lin Yun Ling, the group managing director of Gamuda Bhd, and Hee Loy Sian, the interim chairman of the Selangor Tourism, Environment, Green Technology, and Orang Asli Affairs Committee, were also present.
According to a press release from Gamuda, the first phase of the park's inauguration was driven by the domestic market, primarily the Greater Klang Valley and neighboring states, and the Australia.
Other noteworthy slides include The Shaka Waka (a unique enclosed tube slide with audio and light effects), The Plunge (a high-speed flume angled at 78°, which drops guests from the top of the six-story high Amazonia Ship), and The Wild Rush, where guests race through tight 360° loops and narrow looping and twisting tunnels. These slides are in addition to Atlantis VR, Monsta, and Twista.
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