By A. Jeyaraj
Tourism Malaysia has put up a poster at the entrance of the waiting hall in Ipoh Railway station about Railway Tourism. The poster lists important tourist spots in Perak and includes the map of Ipoh. The initiative by Tourism Malaysia is commendable. I have seen a number of people looking at the poster.
Among the tourist spots, the poster lists places like Kellie’s Castle in Ipoh as well as Bukit Merah which is further away. However, there is no information on the sites, how far it is from the railway station and at which station to get down to visit the sites. There is no notice board at the station indicating the taxi fare to various destinations and the taxi drivers decide the fare.
Tourism Malaysia has done its job, now it is up to Tourism Perak to set up a booth at the railway station and provide information to the tourists about these sites. The people manning the booth must be knowledgeable and able to provide information about the sites. Pamphlets must be available for the sites. Tourism Perak must organise tours to the sites.
Recently I visited Ajanta Caves in India with my family and we landed at Aurangabad Airport late in the evening. At the arrival lounge the tourist booth of Maharashtra Government was open. The person at the booth was able to speak in English and gave me a few pamphlets and asked whether I needed any assistance to go to the caves. This is the type of service Tourism Perak must provide.