The Perak Tourism Award Night 2011 (Malam Anugerah Pelancongan Negeri Perak 2011), held at the Royal Perak Golf Club on the night of Friday, December 30, was a fitting finale to Year 2011. It was organised with much pomp and fanfare befitting its stature. The organisers left no stones unturned to make it a night to remember. It was an occasion to recognise the contributions of those (entitles and individuals) who had actively participated in promoting Perak to the world. On a lighter side, it was another glitzy prelude to Visit Perak Year 2012.
Twenty one awards were presented to 18 entities and four individuals. Ipoh Echo with its more than 1 million online hits a month, was one of them having bagged the Innovative Media Category beating two other nominees for the title. The nomination criteria considered were circulation number, visibility and average monthly online visits and hits.
Commander Ian Anderson RN (Rtd), whose blog www.ipohworld.org.my registered an average of 12,500 visits and 290,000 hits per month, was one of the four winners in the Special Award Category (Personality). The other individual winner was Datin Roslina Ooi. Rosalina was recognised for her contributions to the state’s performing arts scene, which were second to none. In the City Hotel Category, Syuen Hotel was adjudged the winner while Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat was declared the best resort. Penangites Khoo Salma Nasution and Abdur-Razzaq Lubis were the surprise winners in the Best Publication Award Category for their numerous books and published materials on Perak.
The glittering event was graced by Menteri Besar Perak, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Zambry Abd Kadir, his wife, Datin Seri DiRaja Sharipah, Executive Councillor for Tourism, Dato’ Hamidah Osman and senior state officials. Popular Malay singer Misha Omar and crooner Hazami entertained the 400-odd audience with a lively rendition of their sentimental favourites. Hazami’s haunting “Sonata Musim Salji”, a Malay cover version of the theme song from the Korean drama, “Winter Sonata” captivated the crowd. Music was provided by Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris’s Kombo Hi-Sound. Selendang Perak dancers performed an animated routine to usher in the crowd.