TOURISM

Dialogue on Tourism

Delegates from the Ministry of Tourism Malaysia visited Ipoh recently for a dialogue with players in the local tourism industry, and to discuss plans to prepare Perak ahead of Visit Malaysia Year 2014.

It was launched by Dato’ Hamidah Osman, State Executive Councillor for Tourism. Addressing the press after the formalities, Dato’ Hamidah revealed that state tourism agencies are working closely with the federal government to develop local attractions, especially Kellie’s Castle and Lenggong Valley.

This year, the Ministry of Tourism has allocated RM5 million to enhance Kellie’s Castle and to improve upon it by offering spooky tours. The idea of “ghost tourism” came from the Minister of Tourism, Dato’ Sri Dr Ng Yen Yen and Kellie’s Castle is ideal for such a unique experience.

Lenggong Valley, on the other hand, will benefit from an allocation of RM30 million from the Ministry of Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage, which will be used to upgrade its infrastructure.

Tourism Perak is working closely with local travel agents to come up with six 3-day/2-night packages to the six tourism clusters in Perak. This is in addition to the ten packages that will be launched at MATTA Fair on Friday, March 15.

On a related issue, Dato’ Hamidah expressed her disappointment that the completion of the musical fountain in front of Ipoh Railway Station has been delayed by six months. Ipoh City Council, who is overseeing the project, should buck up.

Emily

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