Postcards from Langkawi
And all of a sudden our week on Langkawi came to an end. When leaving the island I knew that our next visit will not be to the island we have come to know. Langkawi has, since the late 1980’s, been evolving into a tourist haven in a pretty slow and steady pace. This has now all changed, since the Malaysian government, in 2011, allocated 5 billion ringit to update the tourism infrastructure on Langkawi, and to aggressively promote it as a tourist destination. We could already see the differences since the first time we were here, in 2010. After reading the Langkawi Development Authority’s (LADA) blueprint for the development, which to me is a very aggressive campaign, there should, by the end of 2015, be a couple of high–end luxury resorts completed. And the plan should have generated about 4200 new jobs, every year since the project started. In this calculation one must also take in account that in the service sector in Malaysia, the worker-to-customer ratio is very high, so be prepared for an invasion. So when I sat there in my flight seat, with Langkawi disappearing under the clouds below me, I thought to myself that whatever happens to it, at least I will still have my memories and photos from our version of Langkawi.