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Friday, 4 August 2017

(The Star) RM400mil resort to help boost tourism

The Kuala Lumpur Metro Group has been invited to open its fourth premium resort in Port Dickson following the official opening of the RM400mil Lexis Hibiscus, the group’s third and biggest in the resort town.

Impressed with Lexis Hibiscus’ design concept and architecture, Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said his administration welcomed any move from the group to open another resort, provided it was not at the expense of the environment.

“They first opened the Lexis followed by Grand Lexis and now Lexis Hibiscus in PD.

“They have not only won accolades but have also set high standards winning several awards for their achievements including two world records,” he said at the official opening.

Mohamad said Lexis Hibiscus, designed after the national flower, the bunga raya, and whose water villas stretch almost 1.2km out to sea, was now Port Dickson’s pride.

Lexis Hibiscus has 639 villas where 522 are overwater units. It has 643 swimming pools, making it the only resort in the country where every room comes with its own private pool and steam room.

In March, Lexis Hibiscus was certified by Guinness World Records as having the most number of swimming pools and the highest number of villas over water in a single resort.

Mohamad also commended KL Metro Group for collaborating with other government agencies to beautify and nourish the beach stretch where Lexis Hibiscus was built.

“I remember the beach being rocky and muddy and not suitable for recreational activities.

“But they have done a wonderful job and a once unpopular stretch has now become a tourist attraction,” he said.

Mohamad added that the opening of Lexis Hibiscus would complement plans to boost tourism in the state as it would increase tourist arrivals to the resort town.

He urged hotels and resorts in the state to work with industry players to promote other tourism destinations and by-products.

“You can always adopt other tourism products such as the fireflies colony in Sungai Timun or the many eco-tourism products we have and promote these with what you have.

“This will boost tourist arrivals to the state,” he said.

Mohamad added that his administration had gazetted 8ha off Cape Rachado as a marine park.

He said the move was necessary to protect corals and other marine life in the area.

“Even fishermen will not be allowed to enter,” he said, adding that his administration was also in the middle of planning a blueprint for the redevelopment of Port Dickson.

“We have plans to carry out some land reclamation work in Lukut where we intend to build an international convention and exhibition centre.

“We will also upgrade the stretch from Batu 1 to Batu 13 to accommodate the higher traffic volume,” he said.

Mohamad said more development was expected to pour into Port Dickson once the Port Dickson-KL International Airport Expressway as well as the Seremban-PD rail route projects are completed.

Earlier, KL Metro Group chairman Datuk Mat Hassan Esa said its three resorts in Port Dickson and another in Penang had in total attracted 3.6 million visitors from 126 countries.

“We have bagged many international awards which reflects our commitment to promote the industry,” he said.

Apart from the Guinness World Records, Lexis Hibiscus bagged the World Luxury Hotel Awards for Luxury Water Villa Resort (in the South-East Asia category), Trip-Advisor Travellers’ Choice Award and the BrandLaureate SMEs Signature Awards for the Best Brand in Hospitality for Hotels and Resorts.