MELAKA, June 15 (Bernama) -- The Melaka Taming Sari Tower here has managed to lure 3.3 million visitors with ticket collection totalling RM29.9 million over the first five years of its operation.
Chief Minister Datuk Idris Haron said it was an increase of 0.8 million visitors from the original target set when it was first opened in April 2008.
Over the first five months this year alone, a total of 227,107 visitors with ticket collection of RM2.4 million were recorded, he said.
He said it was an overwhelming achievement, and hence proved the determination of the management of Melaka Taming Sari Berhad (MTSB) in turning the 110m tall tower worth RM24 million into Melaka's popular tourism product.
"We believe that this tourist product can contribute to the more developed and competitive eco-tourism industry," he said after opening the 5th anniversary celebration of the tower here today.
Also present were MTSB chairman Datuk Mat Sirat Abu and chief executive officer Mazary Ahmad.
Idris said MTSB would also introduce a new tourism product soon, that is a 'reverse bungee', in a bid to diversify the tourism products at the tower.
However, he said the reverse bungee facility, which is expected to be built at the end of this year, must get prior approval from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) as it would be built on one of the world's heritage site.
"It is still at the discussion stage and we will seek advice and consultancy from the supplier and Unesco about the suitability of the location and height," he said.
At the event, Idris also launched the book published by MTSB titled 'Heritage Trail Melaka Mosques', which showcases the beauty of mosque architecture in Melaka, including at the Selat Mosque, Tengkera Mosque and Al-Azim Mosque.