A gathering of the who’s who in the state tourism industry was held at Syuen Hotel, Ipoh on Wednesday, May 22. The get-together was organised by the Perak Tourism Association (PTA) with the concurrence of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture (Perak) and Tourism Malaysia (Perak).
The primary objective of the meeting, according to Hj Odzman Abd Kadir, President of PTA, was to plan ahead following the appointment of a new executive councillor for tourism after the conclusion of the 13th General Election.
Puan Nolee Ashilin bt Mohd Radzi, state assemblywoman for Tualang Sekah, has been appointed to the hot seat on Saturday, May 18. Nolee, 38, has the advantage of youth on her side. And coming from a family of politicians she definitely has the edge over the rest.
Tourism is the third highest income generator after petroleum and raw commodities. For 2012, the nation collected a staggering sum of RM60.6 billion from tourism. Potential for growth in the tourism sector in Perak is great. However, planning and a lack of dynamism are holding things back. And unless these problems are addressed, the likelihood of a slump becomes apparent.
Most of the points raised by participants were the same. High on the list are poor maintenance of tourist spots, lack of signage and information. These points will be presented to Nolee by PTA as a curtain raiser.
Odzman announced the association-organised activities in the pipeline. The much awaited Ipoh International Waiters Race has now been rescheduled to Sunday, June 29. Of equal importance is the Tourism Appreciation Dinner planned for Friday July 5 to be held at Lost World of Tambun. The dinner is to honour those who have performed well in their respective establishments.