Newly appointed State Executive Councillor for Health, Tourism and Culture, Nolee Ashilin Dato’ Mohammed Radzi hoped that the inaugural Ipoh International Waiters Race would attract many participants.
She said this during a press conference held at the Perak State Secretariat Building on Wednesday, May 29 during which she presented a cheque of RM30,000 from the state through Perak Tourism to the organisers of the race, Perak Tourism Association and Malaysia Association Of Hotels (MAH) Perak Chapter.
The International Waiters Race originated in France over a century ago and this is the first time that the race will be held in Ipoh on Saturday, June 29 at the Taman D.R. Seenivasagam.
Participants from cities such as Guangzhou, Medan, Hatyai and Singapore are expected to take part. The race is divided into three categories namely, Classic Tray (open to individual professionals), Sportive Tray (open to quick service waiters and students from hospitality schools and colleges) and Fun Tray (open to the public in the form of a relay team consisting of 2 men and 2 women each). To ensure better control, the number of participants will be capped at a maximum of 250 only.
Fun activities such as ice carving, fruit carving and mock tail competitions will be held after the prize giving ceremony. Those interested can visit www.ipohwaitersrace.org for more information.
On a related matter, Nolee hoped to improve on the existing assets of Ipoh and Perak in order to attract more tourists to the state. This includes the upgrading of accessibility between tourist spots and hotels, signage and information dissemination.
She too hoped that a substantial number of the 26 million visitors anticipated for the upcoming Visit Malaysia 2014 would visit Perak.
Tourism Perak will organise a seminar soon to get the right inputs from all stakeholders.