Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said Johor should not be left behind in making the tourism sector as the main contributor to the state’s economic growth.
“Firstly, we want to develop Endau Rompin environment as a prominent environment research and tourism centre in Southeast Asia,” he said when tabling Budget 2015 in the Johor State Legislative Assembly at Kota Iskandar, Nusajaya, today.
Besides that, the state government also intends to conserve and develop Tanjung Piai, Kukup Island and Pulai River as mangrove research and recreation site of international interest.
The third tourism product involved efforts to make Johor as the main Malay cultural centre in the world, he said.
Additionally, the state government also targets to make the Johor as a convention centre of international standard as well as become a tourist hub for families.
Among the existing attractions in Johor are Legoland, Hello Kitty World, Johor Premium Outlet, Desaru, Angry Birds Activity Park and Gunung Ledang Resort.
Mohamed Khaled also said the Federal government through the East Coast Economic Region had allocated RM31.4 million to develop eco-tourism infrastructure with the ‘Rainforest to Coral Reef’ concept at the Endau Rompin National Park.