Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Low visitation levels see closure of Malaysia’s Hello Kitty theme park

Low visitation levels see closure of Malaysia’s Hello Kitty theme park
October 16, 2019

The Government of the Malaysian state of Johor has advised that the Hello Kitty theme park - based on a fictional Japanese character - is to close as a result of lower than projected visitation.

Opened in 2012, Sanrio Hello Kitty Town, which is owned by a subsidiary of Malaysian sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional Bhd, will cease operations as of 31st December.

With Johor having promoted itself as an attractions destination with a range of new tourism developments, the Johor Government is confident the closure will be unlikely to have a major impact on the state's tourist arrivals.

Speaking to the Malay Mail, Liow Cai Tung, Chair of the State Tourism, Women, Family and Community Development Committee, stated “I believe it (the closure) will only have a small impact on the Visit Johor Year 2020 campaign and will not affect overall tourist arrivals to the state.

“The state government does not depend on one particular type of tourism product.

“Besides that, Johor is also promoting eco-tourism as well as nature-based tourism and medical tourism.”

With reports that Khazanah is also considering selling Johor’s Legoland located in the Johor state, Legoland Malaysia - which is operated by Merlin Entertainments plc - said in February it was looking at India and the Middle East as potential growth markets to drive visitation.

Currently, its top markets after Malaysia are Singapore, China, Indonesia, Australia, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines and South Korea.

A Legoland Malaysia spokesperson advised that the theme and water park still intends to support Johor in becoming one of the top holiday destinations amid the incoming Visit Johor Year 2020 and Visit Malaysia 2020 campaigns.

The spokesperson told The Malaysian Reserve “we will continue to invest in our park facilities to provide the best international theme park experience at the best value.

“Our recent milestone of launching Sea Life Malaysia is also proof of our commitment to support Johor to become one of the top holiday destinations.”

Khazanah owns three theme parks in Johor - Legoland Malaysia, Sanrio Hello Kitty Town and Thomas Town - through its leisure and tourism arm, Themed Attractions Resorts and Hotels Sdn Bhd.

Related Articles

26th July 2019 - Genting, Fox and Disney agree settlement in Malaysian theme park dispute

12th July 2019 - World’s new longest waterslide set to open at Malaysia’s Escape Park

23rd May 2019 - Attendance at the world’s themed attractions exceeds half a billion visits for the first time in history

11th August 2018 - Dreamworks attraction cancelled at Malaysia’s Movie Animation Park Studios

5th February 2018 - Legoland Malaysia to expand with new Sea Life Aquarium

30th June 2017 - Movie Animation Park Studios opens in Malaysia

25th March 2017 - Malaysia sets out credentials as South East Asia’s theme park capital

17th August 2015 - Malaysian attractions operator prepares stock market listing

29th July 2015 - Malaysia named top global tourism destination for Muslims

21st October 2013 - Legoland Malaysia opens new water park

2nd November 2012 - Putreri Harbour family theme park opens

21st August 2012 - Johor set to be Malaysia’s theme park capital

5th October 2012 - Leisure set to transform Johor into Malyasia’s richest state

14th June 2011 - Children the focus of attractions development in Malaysia


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

The Retention People Australia

TRP help health clubs, leisure centres and gyms across the globe create happy, loyal members through our user-friendly software which enables effective engagement and the delivery exceptional customer…

read more

Fitness / Marketing / Recreation / Technology / Wellness

 
 

ELITE POOL COVERS

Since 1989 Elite Pool Covers have designed and manufactured an extensive range of high quality affordable manual,semi-automatic and fully-automatic pool cover systems for the harsh Australian…

read more

Aquatics / Environment / Technology / Venues

 
 

AUSTRALIAN WATERSLIDES AND LEISURE

A leading designer and manufacturer of innovative waterslides and attractions, Australian Waterslides and Leisure (AWL) is also able to advise clients in the areas of concept and design, feasibility…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Waterparks

 
 

SeatGeek Asia Pacific

SeatGeek is a search engine and mobile-focused ticket marketplace that allows fans to buy and sell tickets for live events. As of August 2018, SeatGeek has exited the Australian, New…

read more

Entertainment / Sport / Technology / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

Envibe

With its sleek good looks and easy-to-use yet powerful functionality, Envibe is the premium fitness club software for the Australasian leisure, recreation and fitness industry. We are the most…

read more

Aquatics / Fitness / Recreation / Technology

 
 

Vticket

Vticket Pty Ltd is the Australian and New Zealand distributor for Gateway Ticketing Systems Inc., the world leader in high-speed access control, admission control and ticketing software for the…

read more

Attractions / Security / Technology / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

Hadley/Series Australia Pty Ltd

Hadley Australia and Series Australia Pty Ltd are the leading quality theatre chair manufacturers in the southern hemisphere. The businesses work closely with architects, interior designers and…

read more

Arts / Culture / Design / Entertainment / Venues

 
 

LES MILLS ASIA PACIFIC

Les Mills Asia Pacific Les Mills Asia Pacific (LMAP) have been setting the benchmark for providing professional fitness solutions across Australia and South East Asia since 1996. Our world renowned…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business