The launch of the Perak Tourism Newsletter by Dato’ Hamidah Osman on July 26 at Heritage Hotel, Ipoh is most timely in view of Visit Perak Year (VPY) 2012. Hamidah’s message in the inaugural issue of the newsletter reinforces the state government’s commitment in making the event a reality despite the predictions of the many “doomsayers”.
Tourism is a major money spinner and this is a fact. For the tourism industry to flourish, the assistance of ordinary Perakeans and non-governmental organisations must be sought and galvanised. Organisations such as Rotary International, Lions Club International, Kiwanis International, Y’s Men’s Club and other leading NGOs, whose membership runs into the millions worldwide, is the icing on the cake. Circulars can be sent to all these organisations inviting them to come to Perak next year.
Y’s Men’s Club of Ipoh has taken the initiative to do the needful by writing to our headquarters in Geneva alerting them of VPY 2012. A couple, who are members of the Bjert chapter in Denmark, Beat Junker Hansen and Ruth Elizabeth paid a visit to the Silver state in early November. They were taken to all the published touristic landmarks in the state. The sights that impressed them most were the many heritage buildings in Kuala Kangsar. This was made possible by the availability of Perak Tourism Newsletter Volume 4 which highlighted the royal town of Kuala Kangsar.
My take on VPY 2012: let’s join hands and make it a roaring success.