The programme which was launched by the State Exco for Tourism and Industry Dato’ Hamidah Osman, includes: a photography competition, currently on going till March 18, an exhibition and futsal and football competitions.
The annual Ipoh Star Walk and Ipoh International Run are part of the scheduled programmes. There will be two international programmes, the International Eco-Tourism Familiarization Tour (September) involving foreign media to promote the state’s attractions, and the International Youth Rainforest Exploration (November).
Dato’ Hamidah in her address praised Ipoh City Council for ridding Ipoh town of its ‘Ghost Town image’ with more lively centres spread out around town where residents can lepak (to hang out) at the end of the day.
Other issues highlighted by Hamidah included:
The 360 traders at Memory Lane/Horley Street will be provided a standard umbrella canopy to improve the image of the Sunday flea market. Currently the image is haphazard due to traders using a variety of umbrellas or no umbrellas at all.
Certificates of Appreciation will be handed to shop-house owners who have upgraded their premises whether by renovation or touch ups with a new coat of paint and still maintaining their identity. According to Hamidah, “although Ipoh has beautiful caves and hills the buildings in town are ‘assets’ that reflect the image of Ipoh of a time gone by.”
More billboards are needed to bring about the ‘Wow factor’ for VPY 2012. “Although promotions have been done, that ‘welcoming’ feeling is still missing.”
On the subject of homestay programmes in Ipoh which is currently non-existent, Hamidah has proposed to set up a programme for Ipoh. A homestay programme must consist of a choice of 10 participating homes to be recognised as such.
KTMB has approved a location at Ipoh Railway Station to be a Tourist Information Centre (TIC). The TIC is anticipated to be operational by the end of March.