KUAH (LANGKAWI): Langkawi will be rebranded as a cosmetic-tourism destination with the development of the Langkawi Cosmetic Island that is similar to the Loire Valley in France in an effort to woo more tourists from the higher income group.
The chairman of the State Committee on Religion, Tourism, Heritage and Public Works Datuk Mohd Rawi Abd Hamid said so far 600 acres of land involving RM200 million in investment had been identified in Kampung Ulu Melaka for the project.
It would accommodate a research and development centre, a factory, sales centre and a herbal cultivation centre, he said.
The creation of the centre hoped to attract world renowned cosmetics producers of various brands to set up their branches and produce their products fully in Langkawi beginning with the process of obtaining raw materials such as herbs and flowers right up to the end product.
Mohd Rawi, who is also the State Assemblyman for Ayer Hangat, said the selection of the location was made based on the advice of the Science, Technology and Innovations Ministry in collaboration with BioTech Corporation.
About 5,000 job opportunities would be created by the project within a period of five years, he added.
Meanwhile, in his speech at the official opening of the St Regis Hotel, here last night, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had said that a cosmetics centre would be developed in Langkawi and called for the planning of the centre to be carried out in a creative manner.