Ecotourism is the Attraction

Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir estimated that a total of 150,000 tourists from Indonesia would visit Perak during the ongoing Visit Perak Year 2017 (VPY 2017).

He had received positive feedback from various tour agencies following the 3-day Tourism Marketing Mission at Medan and Jakarta. The mission’s objective was to promote Perak as a likely tourist destination for Indonesians.

“Before this, most Indonesian tourists didn’t stop in Perak while in Malaysia due to the lack of information on the state. We’ve enlightened them on the facilities and destinations available. I believe this will encourage them to visit Perak,” he said.

He was quoted during the press conference held at the conclusion of the Visit Perak Year 2017 Tourism Marketing Mission at Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Jakarta on Wednesday, May 10.

Present were Dato’ Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi, the Executive Councillor for Tourism, Arts, Culture, Multimedia and Communications and Datuk Seri Abdul Puhat Mat Nayan, the state secretary.

The programme, held at Medan on May 8 and Jakarta from May 9 to 10, attracted over 60 tour agents from both countries.

According to Zambry, some eight million tourists are expected to visit Perak during VPY 2017.

“Ecotourism is the main attraction and places such as Royal Belum, Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve and Kuala Gula will be the focus.

“I’m confident with the opening of the Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS) on June 26, it’ll spice up our tourism industry and be an added attraction to the Indonesians,” he concluded.

Rosli Mansor

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