Genting on target to launch 20th Century Fox theme park

Genting on target to launch 20th Century Fox theme park
Ready for action: Lee and Yeoh posing with a robot during the launch of Horizon 50 and introduction of Resorts World Genting Berhad’s ambassador in Genting Highlands.

GENTING HIGHLANDS - Characters from the Ice Age, Rio and Planet of the Apes movies have long captivated us.

In two years' time, you will get to meet your beloved movie characters on a different level.

Come 2016, Resorts World Genting will open its doors to the much anticipated 20th Century Fox World outdoor theme park, the first such facility to be developed by Genting.

The theme park will feature characters, rides and activities centred around 20th Century Fox's most popular and loved movies, from Epic and Rio to Planet of the Apes and Alien vs Predator.

Genting Malaysia Bhd president and chief operating officer Datuk Seri Lee Choong Yan said movies that were household names were among the intellectual property rights given to Genting by 20th Century Fox for the theme park.

"We aim to bring the rich storytelling by Fox to a whole new level with an interactive theme park.

"The theme park will also open up job opportunities as we will need at least 1,500 people to take up stage and public performance jobs for the park," he said at the official launch of Horizon 50 here yesterday.

Horizon 50, a galleria spanning 16,000sq ft, showcases Genting's inception and development in conjunction with its 50th anniversary next year.

The gallery also features the Genting Integrated Tourism Plan (GITP), a deve­lopment roadmap for the next 10 years.

Along with the theme park, Lee said Resorts World Genting would also include the Sky Avenue and Sky Plaza shopping mall, and a second cable car station capable of transporting 4,000 passengers per hour.

"Under the GITP, our First World Hotel will also be having an additional 1,286 rooms by mid-2015. As for Sky Avenue which is set to open in 2016, we aim for it to be the main hub where people convene, shop, dine and enjoy the overall atmosphere of Resorts World Genting," he added.

For the first time, Genting has chosen an ambassador to be the face of its transformation - Malaysian-born Hollywood star Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh.

Yeoh, who was present at the event, said she agreed to take up the role as she and Genting were "homegrown".

The former Bond girl hoped that the collaboration would attract more foreign tourists to Malaysia and Genting.

Resorts World Genting is targeting 30 million visitors by 2020.

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