Much has been said about the MBI-administered Perak Tourism Information Centre, which gained notoriety due to its many shortcomings. The situation is further compounded with Visit Perak Year 2012 fast on its heels. A feeling of déjà-vu pervades among those responsible for its upkeep.
Sensing a major catastrophe looming if nothing is done to address the problem(s), President of Perak Tourism Association (PTA), Hj Odzman Abdul Kadir (pic), took it upon himself to do the needful.
As a follow up to Mariam Mokthar’s observations in Ipoh Echo Issue 129, Ipoh City Council has initiated actions to rehabilitate the beleaguered centre. And this includes a possible name change, pursuant to recommendations made by Executive Councillor, Dato’ Hamidah Osman recently. A meeting between the Council’s tourism staff and concerned Ipohites on Friday, October 14 may see some positive changes taking place in the days ahead.
Odzman feels that the centre should not only function as a nominal tourist information booth but a source for a myriad of tourist-related activities, such as the sale of handicrafts and souvenirs and the collection and collation of tourism data.
As time is of the essence, a gradual conversion is envisaged. The Perak Heritage Society and other like-minded individuals will be involved directly in the implementation process.
High up on PTA’s agenda is the formation of a pool of trained volunteers to man the information centre. A short course for front-liners is in the pipeline beginning in Ipoh on Monday, November 14. Those keen in participating or wishing to help out can contact Odzman on his mobile: 012-5186070 for details.