i-City, which is recognised as a catalyst in the transformation of Shah Alam into an international city with over RM10 billion gross development value is giving away free passes on 9 February 2020 in conjunction with the inaugural Selangor Golden Triangle open day.
The open day is part of the developer, I-Berhad's initiative to share the Golden Triangle status, as acknowledged by the Menteri Besar of Selangor Amirudin Shari, with the community, said I-Berhad information manager Tang Soke Cheng.
A year ago Amirudin said that i-City, listed by CNN Travel to be amongst the world's brightest and most colourful destination, has the potential to be the Golden Triangle for Selangor.
He said the rapid developments in i-City was capable of turning the state capital into a key pillar of the “golden triangle” by offering excellent economic opportunities.
Selangor is Malaysia’s economic powerhouse and most progressive and developed state, contributing almost 25 per cent to the country’s gross domestic product.
Tang said this is the first time i-City is opening up the full theme park for free to all Malaysians to enjoy unlimited rides and attractions for a day using the “Selangor’s Golden Triangle Pass”.
On average, i-City churns RM1 million in revenue a day from its leisure park operation.
Tang said the free pass will be available for purchase at zero cost online or at the ticket counters in i-City theme park from 1 February 2020 onwards.
Entries to all i-City theme park rides and attractions on 9 February is only valid via an e-pass pre-load in the i-City mobile app.
"This is in-line with the nation’s initiative to develop Digital Malaysia, where tourist visitors to the i-City theme park will be able to enjoy a seamless and hassle-free experience by scanning their QR code for rides and attractions they plan to visit," said Tang.
i-City's partner, Touch’ n Go Digital will extend the reach of the government’s latest initiative, e-Tunai Rakyat, where eligible Malaysians can receive RM30 each into their respective eWallet accounts on the event day and enjoy cashless transactions.
As a family-oriented tourism destination, i-City theme park features key attractions suitable for families and friends such as WaterWorld - a water park with the 1st tornado in South East Asia, SnoWalk - a snowfall and play area the size of two football fields in a -8’ Celsius climate, Red Carpet – an interactive wax museum with up to 100 international icons and City of Digital Lights - listed by CNN Travel to be amongst the World’s Brightest and Most Colourful Places in the World.
Tang said i-City is expecting about 30,000 visitors on Sunday.
Since its opening to the public in 2009, the i-City theme park has attracted more than five million visitors a year to Shah Alam.
i-City has been hailed as 'exemplary' by property consultants as it demonstrates how to scale-up an industrial-focused area and create sustainable development, attracting local and foreign investments.
Back then when it started, I-Berhad launched low-rise MSC Malaysia Cybercentre Office Suites and it was the first for Shah Alam.
The 29.16-hectare i-City quickly became an international destination and the first private sector MSC Malaysia Cybercentre development in the country.
Among the foreign investors in i-City are Best Western International, which is currently operating the 3-star Best Western i-City; Hilton Worldwide Group, which will operate the four-star DoubleTree by Hilton i-City Hotel next year; and Central Pattana Plc (CPN), Thailand’s largest retail property developer.
CPN and I-City Properties Sdn Bhd (ICP), an affiliate of I-Berhad jointly developed Central i-City, the largest shopping mall in Shah Alam, at a cost of RM850 million. The 926,000 square feet six-storey mall with over 350 retails stores officially opened on June 15, this year. CPN has 60 per cent stake, and ICP, 40 per cent.
Central i-City is CPN’s flagship project in Malaysia and its first internationally, signifying the group's advancement into the Asean shopping mall landscape.
In July 2019, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad praised i-City for paving the way for Thailand investments, during a four-day work visit to Thailand to host the ASEAN summit.