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Foreword

Dato’ Hamidah Osman
State Executive Councillor for Tourism

In spite of the many glitches, which had happened due to errors of commission rather than omission, Visit Perak Year (VPY) 2012 was a success. I base this on a number of determinants, increasing tourist arrivals being a major factor of our achievement despite claims to the contrary. The increment is attributable to the many strategic initiatives taken by Tourism Perak and its affiliates in promoting the state to all and sundry. The many tourism-related events organised within the state throughout the visit year were conducted with a measure of success. I take cognisance of this and wish to thank those concerned, from the very bottom of my heart, for their dedication and hard work. I too wish to congratulate Perak Tourism Sdn Bhd, Tourism Malaysia (Perak), Ministry of Tourism (Perak Chapter), Perak Tourism Association and others for their meaningful contributions. The end of VPY 2012 does not mean that those at the helm of the tourism industry can let their guard down. The upcoming Visit Malaysia Year 2014 looms big on the horizon. Its existence provides us the impetus to bring tourism to a different level in Perak. With this in mind, I have conceptualised a three-year tourism programme for the state, named Discover Perak 2013-2015. The programme is aimed at instilling a new vigour in tourism growth beginning from infancy to maturity. The time frame may look lengthy but three years will come to pass in a blink. One major shortcoming, which I find disturbing, is the absence of detail relating to people and agencies in the tourism industry. This has affected the way tourists view us and the industry, on the whole.  To correct this little flaw, the emphasis in this issue on tourism newsletter is information regarding agencies, both public and private, associations and individuals who play a major role in the promotion of tourism in the state. The availability of these seemingly insignificant details will be a good start to my three-year Discover Perak programme. We shall begin with Tourism Perak Sdn Bhd.

Perak Tourism News volume 17

Tourism Information

Tourism is a major money spinner in Perak. The continued growth of the tourism industry in the state is contingent upon factors conducive to its expansion. Therefore, those who have a role to play in the development of tourism need to be exposed and highlighted, however, insignificant they may be.

The responsibility of tourism propagation in Perak lies entirely with Tourism Perak Sdn Bhd. This entity, formed as a private limited company, was incorporated in 2012. It started as an adjunct to the Perak State Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) co-located with the SEDC building along Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang Wahab (opposite Royal Ipoh Club).

As its roles and responsibilities expanded over time, the office was moved to the government building in Jelapang. It remained there till mid-2012 when a centralisation exercise, mooted by Dato’ Hamidah Osman, Executive Councilor for Tourism, was in place. It is now located on the first floor of the State Secretariat Building, Ipoh.

The company is being helmed by Tuan Haji Musa Dun, the Chief Executive Officer who took over the hot seat in August 2012.

Next in line and in importance is the Ministry of Tourism (Perak Chapter). The office is located at Jalan Medan Istana, Bandar Ipoh Raya, Ipoh. Its role is to act as a conduit between the Ministry of Tourism and the state tourism apparatus. The current director of the Perak chapter is Syahruddin Abdul Hamid.

The Tourism Malaysia (Perak) plays an equally important role in the dissemination of information on tourism. However, it is more international in nature taking its cue from its headquarters in Putrajaya. The office is located across the road from where the Ministry of Tourism (Perak Chapter) is.

The above mentioned are government-related agencies directly involved in tourism development in Perak. There are a number of private entities whose presence is to complement the roles of the public agencies. They are located in Ipoh and are within striking distance of one another.

Tourism-related non-governmental organisations too, play a role in tourism promotion. Though their contributions may be overshadowed by the major players in the industry, their responsibilities are in no way insignificant. One such entity is the Perak Tourism Association (PTA). The association’s office is in Greentown Square along Jalan Dato’ Ahmad Said, Ipoh (next to Restoran Simpang Tiga). Tuan Haji Mohd Odzman Abd Kadir is the association’s current president.

Of similar importance is the Perak Tourist Guides Association. The association is responsible for the training and conduct of its members whose role in the state’s tourism industry is entrenched. Roselyn Lim is the current president and the office is located at Jalan Musa Al Bakri, Ipoh.

Tourist information centres, better known by the abbreviation TIC, have a much larger role to play. They act as front-liners as tourists deal with them almost on a daily basis. There is one in Ipoh, Taiping, Kuala Kangsar and Lumut.

These centres are, essentially, a good source of information, as they provide tourists with little-known facts about the places they are visiting. Most of the centres’ staff speak English and can provide the sort of assistance sought by visitors.

The centres in Taiping, Kuala Kangsar and Lumut come equipped with brochures and trail and route maps.

Here are addresses and phone numbers of agencies (public and private), associations, non-governmental organisations and tourism information centres for your convenience:

Tourism Perak
Tourism Perak

Tourism Perak
Aras 1 Bangunan Perak Darul Ridzuan, Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang Wahab, 30000 Ipoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan.
Tel: 05-208 3600 (ask for Tourism Perak)
Fax: 05-241 0671
Email: [email protected]
www.peraktourism.com

 

 

Tourism Perak Information Centre
Tourism Perak Information Centre

Tourism Perak Information Centre (UTC Ipoh)
Pusat Transformasi Bandar, Lot LA12, 2nd Upper Floor, UTC Perak,
off Jalan Dato’ Onn Jaafar, 30300 Ipoh, Perak.
Tel: 05-241 3423 /241 3424/241 3425
Email: [email protected]
Office hours: 8.30am – 10pm daily
(Closed on public holidays)

 

Tourism Malaysia (Perak)
Tourism Malaysia (Perak)

Tourism Malaysia (Perak)
Add: 12, Medan Istana 2, Bandar Ipoh Raya, 30000 Ipoh, Perak.
Tel: 05-255 2772 / 05-255 9962
Fax: 05-253 2194
Email: [email protected]
Office hours: 8am – 5pm (Mon – Fri)
www.tourism.gov.my
Face Book : Tourism Malaysia Perak

Perak State Ministry of Tourism
Perak State Ministry of Tourism

Perak State Ministry of Tourism Office
(Pejabat Kementerian Pelancongan Negeri Perak)
Add: 7 & 9, Jalan Medan Istana 3, Bandar Ipoh
Raya, 30000 Ipoh, Perak.
Tel: 05-255 0413
Fax: 05-253 6027
Website: http://www.motour.gov.my/
Office hours: 8am – 5pm (Mon – Fri)
Director: Syahruddin bin Abdul Hamid

Tourist Information Centre (TIC) Kuala Kangsar
Tourist Information Centre (TIC) Kuala Kangsar

Tourist Information Centre (TIC) Kuala Kangsar
1A, Jalan Kangsar,
33000 Kuala Kangsar, Perak.
Tel /Fax: 05-777 7717
Office hours: 9am – 6pm (closed on Monday)

 

 

 

 

Tourism Information Counter (TIC) Lumut
Tourism Information Counter (TIC) Lumut

Tourism Information Counter (TIC) Lumut
Pusat Penerangan Pelancongan,
Kompleks Pelancongan Waterfront Lumut, Jalan Titi Panjang, 32200 Lumut, Perak.
Tel: 05-683 4057
Fax: 05-683 8443
[email protected]
Office hours: 9am – 5.30pm daily

 

 

Ipoh Tourism Information Counter (ITIC)
Ipoh Tourism Information Counter (ITIC)

Ipoh Tourism Information Counter (ITIC)
Ground Floor, Old MBI Office,
30000 Jalan Bandar, Ipoh.
Tel: 05-208 3155
Fax : 05-208 3150

 

 

 

Taiping Visitor Information Centre (TVIC)
Taiping Visitor Information Centre (TVIC)

Taiping Visitor Information Centre (TVIC)
Menara Jam J.K.R. 355, Jalan Kota, 34000 Taiping, Perak.
Tel: 05-805 3245
Fax: 05-806 3139
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: www.facebook.com/taiping.tvic
Office hours: 10am – 5pm (Mon – Sat) & 2pm – 6pm (Sun)

 

 

MATTA – Perak Chapter Secretariat
No. 3A, Medan Istana 3, Bandar Ipoh Raya, 30000 Ipoh, Perak.
Tel: 05-241 2802
Fax: 05-241 2802
Email: [email protected]
[email protected]
Chairman: Mr Ranjit Singh

Perak Tourist Guides Association
(Persatuan Pemandu Pelancong Negeri Perak)
2nd Floor, No. 75-77, Jalan Mustapha Al-Bakri, 30000 Ipoh, Perak.
Tel: 05-242 0897
Fax: 05-243 0897
Email: [email protected]
Office hours: 9am – 6pm (Mon – Fri)
President: Roselyn Lim

Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) Perak Chapter
(Persatuan Hotel Negeri Perak)
c/o Syuen Hotel Bhd., 88, Jalan Sultan Abdul Jalil,
Greentown, 30300 Ipoh, Perak.
Tel: 05-253 8889, 012-521 8339 (Rains Chong)
Fax: 05-255 9284
Email: [email protected]
Office hours: 9am – 7pm (Mon – Fri)
President: Vincent Ee

Perak Tourist Association
(Persatuan Pelancongan Negeri Perak)
D-5-3, Greentown Square, Jalan Dato’ Ahmad Said, 30450 Ipoh, Perak.
Tel / Fax: 05-242 4588
Email: [email protected]
Office hours: 9am – 5pm (Mon – Fri)
President: Hj. Mohd Odzman Abd Kadir

Tourism Counter – Perak UTC

Tourism Counter – Perak UTC
Tourism Counter – Perak UTC

A tourism counter catering to visitors to Perak was opened recently by Dato’ Hamidah Osman, Executive Councillor for Tourism Perak. The siting of the counter in the newly-opened Perak Urban Tourism Centre (UTC), at the now defunct Super Kinta Shopping Complex, signifies the importance attached to tourism development in the state.

The counter provides visitors with the much-needed information on Perak, especially its numerous attractions. Some of the items available on request are travel brochures, tourism newsletters, travel guides and maps.

It also acts a one-stop counter for those wishing to make Perak their visit destination. The counter is open from 8.30am to 10pm daily (Monday to Sunday) except on public holidays. To get to the counter call UTC’s reception at +605-2413423 /2413424/2413425.

Ipoh Heritage Walk

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Tour guide Robin Arumugam providing heritage info to his group.

The Perak Tourist Association (PTA) together with the Kinta Heritage Group recently organised a Ipoh Heritage Walk through the streets of Old Town.

According to PTA President Hj Odzman Abd Kadir the purpose of the walk was to create awareness of the many heritage sites available in Ipoh.

The heritage trail was based on the heritage map produced by the Kinta Heritage Group which features 24 heritage buildings such as the FMS, St Michael’s School, the Chinese Miners Club Han Chin Pet Soo and the Birch Memorial clock tower which are located between the roads bordered by Club Road, Clayton Road, Post Office Road and the Kinta River.

Close to 140 participants took part in the walk made up mainly of the public with a smattering of officials from Perak Tourism and tour guides.

Five tour guides from PTA guided the groups around, stopping at specific buildings to explain the background of its cultural heritage. The duration of the trail lasted approximately 2 hours.

The response from the participants was positive. The Trail as a tourist product had a lot of potential. The Heritage map with a photo of the building and accompanying write up was user friendly enough for tourists to take the walk by themselves and appreciate the heritage value of the area.

Negative points raised by the participants included:

1) The sidewalks (some) were too high, uneven and pavement tiles were missing.

2) The area around the Birch Memorial clock tower was shabby and dirty. The clock was not working.

3) The tour guides conducting the tour should carry a loud speaker.

Kinta Heritage Director Jek Yap, who initially printed 30,000 of these maps and distributed them FOC to hotels and tourism bodies explained that the intent was for it to be used as a tool to encourage tourists to visit Ipoh’s heritage sites.

Kinta Heritage will be coming out with another 3 maps which will eventually cover the whole of Ipoh, Old and New Town.

Particcipants being briefed before the start of the walk.

Ipoh should be glad to have pro-active groups like PTA and Kinta Heritage who have the initiative to create a new and viable tourism product.

PTA Odzman aptly said that “as an NGO we have our limits but at least we can be a catalyst”. Hence it is hoped that the local tour agencies and agents will now help to promote heritage tourism as a new product.

Readers, who are interested in getting a copy of Ipoh Heritage Trail Map 1, can go to Perak Tourism’s website: peraktourism.com to print a copy.

JAG