On 30 May 2022, Gamuda Land hosted an official groundbreaking ceremony for Malaysia’s first ever luge activity park. Located at Gamuda Gardens City in Petaling Jaya, the Skyline Luge Activity Park will open to the public in 2023 and is to be operated by Skyline Enterprises.
“Skyline Enterprises’ decision to expand its business in Malaysia is a testament of our country’s growing positive business sentiment among the community of tourism investors,” said Sivasuriyamoorthy Sundara Raja, Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Investment Promotion and Facilitation at the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA).
He was speaking at the ceremony alongside various other dignitaries and stakeholders, including Her Excellency Pam Dunn, New Zealand’s High Commissioner; Catherine Rusby, New Zealand’s Trade Commissioner; Ngan Chee Meng, Chief Executive Officer of Gamuda Land; Chu Wai Lune, Chief Operating Officer of Gamuda Land; and Geoff McDonald, Chief Executive Officer of Skyline Enterprises.
“Today’s ceremony demonstrates how we are able to create sustainable developments which can cater to the needs and wants of people, especially ones that are surrounded by nature with ample public spaces for the community,” explained Chu Wai Lune, Chief Operating Officer of Gamuda Land.
“That is why our town-making comprises mindful placemaking – to create great community places where people will experience the unique personality of our towns, get a feel for the place and want to be a part of it,” he added.
Mr. Sivasuriyamoorthy agreed with this sentiment. He believes tourism is essential to community development in Malaysia, while a sense of community and a connection to nature is also integral to successful tourism attractions. As he explained during the ground-breaking ceremony, tourism is the third-largest contributor to Malaysian GDP and is expected to play a major role in the country’s economic recovery moving forward.
“Malaysia is one of the biggest ASEAN tourist attractions, drawing hundreds of thousands of tourists to some of the fascinating tourist destinations in Asia,” he said, referencing the government’s National Tourism Policy 2020-2030. “MIDA aims to harness the competitiveness of Malaysia’s tourism industry to attract high-value and innovative investments which empower local communities and achieve other socio-economic development objectives; MIDA will continue to facilitate and support Skyline Enterprise’s project implementation and its future expansion,” added the deputy CEO of MIDA.
Located on a site measuring 30,000 sqm, the Luge Activity Park will be Skyline Enterprises’ fourth park in Asia, following on from the success of similar projects in Singapore and Busan and Tong Yeong in South Korea. The park will feature the world’s first multi-cornered zipline and the country’s first ever ski lift ride. When completed, the park is set to become one of Malaysia’s top tourist attractions in the months ahead.