The third Perak Tourism Awards 2013 event held before the close of the year was another glitzy affair attended by the multiple stakeholders from the tourism industry throughout the state.

Held at Hotel Casuarina@Meru it was graced with the presence of Perak Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir. Also in attendance was the State Exco for Tourism, Health and Culture Nolee Ashilin Radzi and Perak Tourism Association Chairman Hj Mohd Odzman Abdul Kadir.

Perak Tourism Awards 2013

The annual Perak Tourism Award presentation is held each year to recognise and acknowledge the contributions of various players in the tourism industry. These include the government agencies both state and federal, private companies, NGOs and individuals who have worked hard to improve and develop the tourism industry in the State.

Zambry in his address said the state had plenty of international products from the pristine forest of Royal Belum to million-years-old limestone hills and jungles. Our buildings of colonial architecture and mesmerizing historical products are unique and cannot be compared with KL and Penang as we are in a category of our own. Acknowledging that the industry cannot progress without the participation from all players, we therefore need to merge our commitment and expertise to develop our tourism industry.

The awards that night were presented to 22 recipients. The recipients per category were:

Best City Hotel:  Grand Kampar Hotel, Kampar

Best Eco Resort:  Tiger Rock Resort, Pangkor Island

Best Budget Hotel:  Ipoh City Hotel, Ipoh

Best Homestay:  Home Stay Bagan Datoh

Best Chalet:  Nipah Guest House, Pangkor Island

Best Tour Agent:  Aidel Tours and Travel Sdn Bhd, Ipoh

Best Tourism Product:  Belum-Temenggor Rainforest Complex

Best Potential Tourism Product:  Kellie’s Castle

Best Malay Restaurant:  Restoran Tasik Raban, Lenggong

Best Chinese Restaurant:  Restaurant Yum Yum Ipoh

Best Indian Restaurant:  Samy Curry House, Chemor

Best Local Food Product:  Yee Hup Biscuits

Best Tourism Publication:  Perak Tourism News, Ipoh Echo

Best Tourism Event:  33rd World Congress of Poets

Best Innovative Government Agency:  Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Perak Office

Best Innovative Local Government Agency:  MBI

Best Innovative Corporation:  Gaharu Technologies, Gopeng

Best Innovative Organisation:  Perak Heritage Society

Best Tour Promoter:  Encik Zukni bin Yusof

Special Awards for Tourism Personalities were awarded to:

Puan Putri Zanina bt Megat Zainuddin for travel reports on Perak products

Dr Kevin Lazarus of Zoo Taiping  for consistently promoting and upgrading  Zoo Taiping.

 Perak Tourism Awards 2013

The Organising Chairman for the event, PTA Chairman Hj Mohd Odzman, said the selection criteria was based upon the award recipients’ contribution to the industry. Odzman made special mention of the 33rd World Poets Convention which was voted Best Event of the year having  attracted participants from 30 countries which was more than even the annual sports events.

Indeed the Tourism awards event has provided a snapshot highlight of the potential of Perak’s tourism industry which is just waiting to be discovered.

Ipoh Echo is particularly proud to have won the award for Best Tourism Publication which is the second tourism award won.

JAG