State Tourism, Heritage, and Culture Committee Chairman Datuk Muhammad Jailani Khamis announced that the first glamping tourist attraction in Melaka (Malaysia) worth RM1 million is on its way by June.
“The initial work to clean up about 200 meters of the coast at Pantai Laguna on the island for the glamping site has been carried out in collaboration with the Melaka Islands Development Council (MPPM),” Khamis told reporters after officiating the Pulau Besar New Year Challenge 2022.
According to a report, Khamis said with the RM1 million allocation and with the collaboration between MPPM and State Economic Planning Unit (UPEN), the development of the tourist attraction will help preserve and protect the marine ecosystem, specifically mangrove forests within the area.
He also added that with the concept of this type of tourism, particularly in Pulau Besar, which is full of history and fascinating landscapes, Melaka’s goal of reaching 5.6 million visitors this year is a possibility.
“For that, I will have a meeting with Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri on the assistance needed (by us) next week,” he added.
Another bid to boost tourism in the region, the Pulau Besar New Year Challenge 2022, was attended by 120 people who completed four challenges as teams, including extreme cycling, running, kayaking, and wall climbing.
“Despite having to limit participation to comply with the Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOP) set, the curtain-opening event to introduce tourism activities in the island received an overwhelming response.”
“We hope the National Security Council (MKN) can relax the SOP a little more so that tourism activities can be boosted again,” he ended.
Pulau Besar in Melaka is known for its allegedly mystical attractions.
Some mystical places are ancient Islamic graves, some old wells, and a cave named Gua Yunos, where warriors allegedly practice mysticism and silat.
There were also tales of elves living on the island with their royal palace.
Although it’s all just myths and legends, it makes Pulau Besar an exciting place to visit during your glamping trip.