Desaru Coast Ferry Terminal Ready to Facilitate Tourism and Economic Growth in South East Johor
With tourism being a key economic sector for Johor and some major industries operating in the eastern region of Johor, an international ferry terminal that facilitates cross-border travel will greatly improve access.
DESARU COAST, JOHOR – Desaru Coast Ferry Terminalthe latest catalytic component in the development of the first phase of Desaru Coast Destination Resorts (Desaru Coast), Malaysia’s largest fully integrated destination, was chaired by Her Majesty Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, the Sultan of Johor. Was also present at the event Tunku Temenggong from Johor, Tunku Idris Iskandar Al-Haj Ibni Sultan Ibrahim.
Held at the recently completed Desaru Coast Ferry Terminal, the official ceremony was attended by Menteri Besar from Johor, Datuk Onn Hafiz GhaziMinister of Transport, Datuk Seri Ir. Dr. Wee Ka Siong and Datuk Amran Hafiz Affifudinchairman of Desaru Development Holdings One Sdn Bhd, the master developer of Desaru Coast.
With tourism being a key economic sector for Johor and some major industries operating in the eastern region of Johor, an international ferry terminal that facilitates cross-border travel will greatly improve access. Growth in international arrivals is expected to have a positive economic multiplier effect on the businesses of tourism players, entrepreneurs and other industries that can spur job creation.
“As a long-term developer, tasked with playing a pivotal role in Johor’s tourism landscape, our commitment and responsibility has been to bring value to the community and the state. Although we have developed the Ferry Terminal as a connectivity component and enabler for the Desaru Coast to realize its full potential as an international destination, we hope it will foster wider benefits for the State of Johor . By establishing this international gateway as the 16th point of entry into Malaysia, we hope to stimulate and multiply the socio-economic development of the state and subsequently the country,” noted Datuk Amran Hafiz Affifudin, chairman of Desaru Development Holdings One. Sdn. Bhd.
The completion of the Desaru Coast Ferry Terminal marks the conclusion of the Desaru Coast Phase One development work by the Master Developer. With this, the destination is ready to execute its strategic and business plans in its next phase of business growth.
Roslina ArbakManaging Director and CEO of Desaru Development Holdings One, said, “For Desaru Coast, as an international destination, the Desaru Coast Ferry Terminal is a game-changer, allowing us to open up new markets and business opportunities. Ferry services will soon offer tourists a fast and reliable way to arrive at the destination’s doorstep. We look forward to welcoming international tourists to join our domestic visitors in enjoying our destination and the state of Johor.
“The new connectivity infrastructure will enable an increase in visitor volume, which will put us in a better position to capture the wider regional MICE market where we can offer bespoke, experiential and authentic events under our reimagined signature MICE program. . This convenient cross-border ferry connectivity further allows us to offer international luxury hotel-branded residences and private homes for those seeking a seaside lifestyle with an easy commute. From a longer-term strategic perspective, we are ready to welcome like-minded investors who want to leverage the infrastructure and facilities we have in place to further enhance destination offerings and ensure success for all. the actors of Desaru Coast.”
Fully equipped with a Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) complex and marine facilities, the Desaru Coast Ferry Terminal has the latest two-way automated electronic gate for immigration. The next-generation electronic gate offers a double swing gate and enhanced security features, making immigration control more efficient and effective during peak hours. The ferry terminal is capable of handling 300 passengers at any one time. The ferry terminal hopes to serve two round trips from Singapore from Thursday to Sunday and one round trip from Monday to Wednesday depending on market demand.
Recently, Desaru Coast announced a partnership to improve its international connectivity by appointing Desaru Link Ferry Services Pte. ltd.a subsidiary of Batam Fast Ferry Pte. ltd.(Batam Fast) to offer passenger ferry services connecting Singapore’s Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal to Desaru Coast Ferry Terminal.
Chua Choun Lenggeneral manager of operations for Batam Fast Ferry Pte. ltd.noted “Having established Batam Fast as one of the leading passenger ferry operators in the region, we are pleased to continue our connectivity expansion having designated South East Johor as the desired expansion plan. We believe in the potential and growth of the Desaru coast where it is set to become one of the main regional tourist attractions in the years to come. The Desaru coast is a popular destination among international travelers and the destination is said to be rapidly gaining popularity.”
Desaru Coast, ranked among the Greatest Places in the World in 2021 by TIME Magazine, is home to a portfolio of world-renowned hotels and resorts, namely One&Only Desaru Coast, Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas, The Westin Desaru Coast Resortand Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast. The destination is home to 45 scenic holes of golf at Els Club Malaysia Desaru Coast, one of the largest water parks in the region, Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast and Desaru Coast Conference Centre. In December 2021, Desaru Coast launched its signature MICE program, MICE Reinvented, leveraging its wide open spaces to deliver bespoke, experiential and authentic events that will inspire, rejuvenate and reconnect people.