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Sustainable Tourism Gets Green Light in Malaysia

Thursday June 6th, 2013 - 9:45AM

LANGKAWI, MALAYSIA—The Langkawi Development Agency and Pekan Artisan, a tourism resort and high-impact attraction developer that specializes in eco-tourism, signed an agreement to develop two sustainable properties.

Langkawi, an archipelago of 99 tropical islands off the coast of Malaysia, is a resort destination, with unique attractions and high-end hotels. Pekan Design's proposals support the Malaysian government's vision to position Langkawi as one of the top 10 tourist islands in the world by 2015.

Development proposals include plans for the Paradise Island Hotel and Gardens, which will see the expansion of Oriental Village, already an established visitor destination here. This site will feature a 250-room eco-hotel with retail, restaurants, discovery and adventure paths and four multimedia attractions celebrating local culture and wildlife. Also included in the development is a digital 4D theater that will feature a fly-over Langkawi-immersive film.

The first phase of the development is set to open in 2015. 

The second development, on the tropical island of Pulau Intan Besar, will include a 100-room hotel alongside 17 villas designed as a luxury retreat.

Pekan Artisan is the sister company to U.S.-based Artisan Design, a tourism and attraction design and development company founded by Robert Wyatt.