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“World’s largest eco theme park” to open soon


Funtasy Island set for business in Indonesia by end of 2015
The completion of phase-one development at Funtasy Island in Indonesia’s Riau Archipelago has been set for the fourth quarter of this year. Several key facilities will be ready for travellers by then.
A ferry terminal, public boardwalks, sandy beach with activities, pool and spa, up to 100 units of the 150-key Corallium Villas and two attractions, called Stingray Cove and Deep Ocean Wonder, will open before the end of the year, Thiva Kesavan, vice president of operations at Funtasy Island Development (FID), tells TTG Asia.
A total of eight eco-zone attractions will be developed by Seven Seas Funtasy Development, following a joint venture agreement inked last summer. This is designed to position the destination as the world’s largest eco theme park.
The location is blessed with rich biodiversity, said Michael Yong, director of FID, adding, “We have a deep commitment to preserving the natural habitat of the island. We chose to give up 50 units of Corallium Villas to preserve a mangrove forest in that area.
He continued: “We have invested in solutions to enhance the environment, such as planting 1,000 Dendrocalamus giganteus seeds, which will grow into giant bamboo that give out plenty of oxygen while retaining more water in the ground, and planting more berries to attract more colourful birds. A coral breeding program is also in the works.”
The dissolution of an agreement between FID and Meritus Hotels & Resorts to manage the island’s accommodation facilities has not been an obstacle, with Yong remarking, “We have several hotel companies knocking on our doors and we will continue to look for a partner that shares our eco vision and has a global presence.”
TTG Asia
[pictured: Artist’s impression of Funtasy Island]


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