MELAKA – Melaka is expected to receive an additional 15.8 million tourists through Melaka International Cruise Terminal Project by the year 2036 with total spending up to RM9 billion. This will be materialised with the collaboration between Melaka International Cruise Terminal Sdn. Bhd., a subsidiary of KAJ Development Sdn. Bhd. (KAJD) and Global Ports Holding PLC (GPH).
Witnessed by Melaka Chief Minister, YAB Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusoh, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between KAJD Executive Chairman, YB Dato’ Dr. Daing A Malek Bin Daing A Rahaman and GPH Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Stephen Xuereb on management and operation of Melaka International Cruise Terminal.
The collaboration will allow GPH to manage, market, promote and operate MICT Project. GPH is the world’s largest cruise port operator with an established presence in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Asia Pacific regions, including extensive commercial port operations in Montenegro.
“I am excited to learn that by 2036, MICT is expected to receive accumulative of 10 million international passengers and 5.8 million domestic passengers, which will generate about RM9 billion in total spending,” says Datuk Seri Ab Rauf.
As one of the most important parcel developments within Island PME1 of Melaka Gateway, MICT will drive major economy impact to Melaka as well as Malaysia as a whole. The terminal project will transform Melaka tourism industry from weekend economy to 365 days economy.
According to Dato’ Dr. Daing A Malek, the RM682 million terminal project once completed will become the largest cruise jetty in Southeast Asia. “The Cruise Jetty at the ultimate conditions capable to berth two unit of Oasis Class Ships on the Outer Berths and one unit of Quantum Class and a unit of Voyage of the Sea cruise ships on the Inner Berth concurrently,” says Dato’ Dr. Daing A Malek.
The Melaka Gateway Project will create between 45,000 to 60,000 job opportunities which in turn will transform Melaka into a developed economy offering high value jobs.
1 FEBRUARY 2024