GEORGE TOWN, Dec 8 -- Pesta Pulau Pinang, an annual state carnival which enters its 53rd year, has continued to draw increasing number of visitors.
Its organising general manager Datuk Sarul Bahiyah Abu said the target for this year is 500,000 visitors with RM2.3 million profit from the sales of booths and entrance tickets.
“Since the festival started on Dec 1, we received 7,000 to 8,000 visitors every day. Last year, we recorded 499,000 visitors and we are confident that we could reach the targeted 500,000 visitors this year.
“Last year, Pesta Pulau Pinang was held for 40 days which began at the end of November. This year we started slightly later as the weather last month was not so good. So far the weather for the past week has been good,” she told reporters after the 2019 Pesta Pulau Pinang opening ceremony, here last night.
The ceremony was graced by Penang Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas. Also present were his wife Toh Puan Majimor Shariff, Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow and Penang Island City Council mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang.
Sarul Bahiyah, who is also the state Financial Officer, said the theme of this year’s edition is ‘Santai bersama Keluarga’ with upcycle park concept.
“We repurpose recyclable items such as tyres, pallet woods, plastic bottles and so on while the Public Works Department has upgraded and increased the number of street lights,” she said.
Meanwhile, an e-hailing service company, MyCar, offered a special promotion of RM2 discount per trip by using MyPenang promo codes throughout the festival to help with traffic and parking space issue, she said.
She explained that this edition of Pesta Pulau Pinang has attracted participation from West and North Sumatra as well as a Thailand pavilion which is known for its food.
Earlier, in his speech, Chow said the carnival has been an indirect bridge to foster goodwill and harmony among the people from all walks of life in Penang and other northern states.
He also congratulated all involved particularly the state finance department for ensuring that the carnival remains relevant with various activities and improvements each year.