The theme park that features 26 rides and attractions will be able to accommodate up to 20,000 tourists
By NUR HANANI AZMAN
GENTING Malaysia Bhd’s Resorts World Genting (RWG) has invested over US$800 million (RM3.2 billion) in its new theme park, Genting SkyWorlds.
Genting SkyWorlds, which is expected to be ready and open to the public by the second quarter this year (2Q21), is now in the final stages of completion.
The theme park that features 26 rides and attractions will be able to accommodate up to 20,000 tourists.
RWG executive VP of leisure and hospitality Datuk Edward Arthur Holloway said the group remains positive on the prospect of domestic tourism interest for Genting Skyworlds given the theme park focuses on the family market.
He added that the domestic and international vaccination rollout programme, which is ongoing now, would further drive visitors from neighbouring countries such as Singapore, Vietnam, China and Hong Kong to visit the theme park.
“Malaysian audiences have been waiting for Genting SkyWorlds for a long time. We are confident that what we get to offer, we will be able to reach the number that we desire but in a very controlled manner.
“We want to emphasise that we won’t just open the door and let almost 20,000 spontaneous visitors come in, we will control it, pre-booked, to ensure they adhere to rules, regulations and standard operating procedures (SOPs),” he said in a virtual briefing after a sneak preview of the theme park.
Genting SkyWorlds was originally scheduled to open in 3Q20. The delay was due to development works on the outdoor theme park being affected by the Movement Control Order.
RWG head of business operations and strategies Lee Thiam Kit said the group is putting the finishing touches to this “amazing theme park”, which they believe to be South-East Asia’s most anticipated theme park.
“We are almost ready. We believe we will deliver the very best experience to our guests throughout this journey. Genting SkyWorlds is the result of many years of hard work by our dedicated team members and our partners from all over the world,” he added.
On whether only vaccinated visitors should be allowed to enter the theme park, Lee said it’s hard to give a definitive answer to that.
“Obviously the important thing is to make sure our SOPs safely reflect the situation we are dealing with. As to whether you need a vaccine to enter or any other test, we can’t really say.
“A lot depends also on the government, on the kind of standard they want to set, the progress of the vaccination programme and how we battle with the pandemic,” he explained.
Genting SkyWorlds will take visitors on a sky-high adventure through nine movie and adventure inspired “worlds” — Eagle Mountain, Central Park, Liberty Lane, Robots Rivet Town, Andromeda Base, Ice Age, Studio Plaza, Epic and Rio. Each world will feature a host of exciting rides and attractions for the whole family to enjoy.
RWG will announce the ticket price for Genting SkyWorlds once the theme park is ready to open.