Sayong Riverfront a One-Stop Tourist Centre

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The Sayong Riverfront in Kuala Kangsar is set to be a one-stop centre for tourists visiting Kuala Kangsar. This was announced by the newly-appointed Minister for Tourism and Culture, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz during a visit to the touristic spot recently.

The objective, according to the minister, is to promote the Sayong Riverfront as a centre for the exhibition of Perak’s handicrafts, culture and food, and to provide much-needed exposure for the state’s nascent homestay industry.

Sayong Riverfront - a One-Stop Tourist Centre

“This effort goes to show that economic potentials offered by the tourism industry can be exploited for the benefit of all,” he said in his opening remarks when launching the Visit Malaysia Year 2014 mini carnival held at the spot recently. “It can be developed positively provided the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship are being embraced.”

The minister said that RM30.2 million had been allotted to Perak under the Tenth Malaysian Plan to develop 38 touristic projects in the state.

Nazri visited Kellie’s Castle in Batu Gajah the following day to see the progress of works to improve the iconic building, which is a major tourist draw to the state. He complimented the Public Works Department for ensuring that the RM5 million allocated for upgrading works is being well spent. The on-going project which began in September 2011, involves the upgrading of public toilets, building of a mini theatre, a square and the renovation of the building’s interior.

Present during the minister’s visit was the Executive Councillor for Health, Tourism and Culture, Nolee Ashilin bt Dato’ Mohammad Radzi.

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