The first anniversary celebration of Lenggong Valley as a World Heritage Site was officiated by Regent of Perak, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah. A five-day carnival was held which included an art exhibition, display of traditional dishes from 18 villages, cultural shows and performance by singer Jamal Abdillah who is known as Raja Pop Malaysia.
Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir said the carnival was to help promote Lenggong Valley and to create awareness among people to appreciate the priceless heritage of the country.
The recognition by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) on June 30, last year, meant that Lenggong Valley is listed on the world tourism map and is soon to become a popular tour destination for many. This is the fifth site in Malaysia, in addition to George Town, Malacca, Mount Kinabalu and Niah Cave, to be recognised as world heritage site.
Zambry added that since the recognition, the number of tourist arrivals had increased from 2,000 to 5,000 per month. This positive increase can be attributed to the recognition and has also opened the door wider for the state’s tourism industry, particularly in Hulu Perak where development will take place.
The state government together with the Ministry of Tourism and Culture and National Heritage Department are preparing and developing the tourist infrastructure in Lenggong Valley. However, this may take some time to materialise. The opening ceremony ended with fireworks display.