Neighbourhood Watch: Strait to the Point

By Tina Hsiao

Tourist arrivals to Malaysia more than doubled from 10.2 million in 2000 to 24.6 million in 2010, earning it ninth position in the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)’s list of countries with the highest number international tourist arrivals worldwide. One of the most popular destinations is the island-state of Penang, which has not only seen a rise in tourist numbers and consequently a growth in the hospitality and leisure industry, but also increased commercial interest with work having started on an industrial park in Batu Kawan, scheduled for completion in 2020, bolstered by investment pledges totally RM5 billion (US$1.644 billion) from foreign investors. With its varied natural attractions, a unique blend of cultures and a culinary landscape that has long caught the attention of food connoisseurs, in 2011 Yahoo Travel listed Penang as one of the top 10 “islands in the world to see before you die”, putting it in the same league as Easter Island, Bora Bora and the Galapagos.

Singapore has Sentosa Cove, Phuket has Kamala Beach, and now Penang looks set to join the “exclusive enclave” club with Seri Tanjung Pinang. Located on the coast of Tanjung Tokong on the north eastern corner of Penang island, the 1,000-acre development is the largest master-planned waterfront community in Malaysia and developed by E&O Property Development Bhd (E&O). Within a 10-minute radius are four international schools, as well as the colorfully vibrant George Town. Upon completion of the E&O Hotel pier, residents and visitors will also able to commute via water limousine directly from the UNESCO city across the arched bay. At the heart of Seri Tanjung and anchoring the development’s extensive portfolio of seafront condominiums, semi-detached homes, and luxury villas is Straits Quay, a leisure and commercial complex which opened its doors in November 2010, and includes a marina, serviced residences, and a two-storey mall featuring retail shops and a host of food and beverage outlets.

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