As the state government is targeting tourist arrival of between 3 to 5 million people for 2021, a total of RM25.9 million is allocated for the recovery effort of the state tourism industry and to maximise its potential.
Menteri Besar Dato’ Saarani Mohamad made the statement during the tabling of the state budget at the 14th State Assembly Sitting, seven days after his appointment.
“RM7 million is allocated for Tourism Perak. State Parks Corporation is to receive an annual grant of RM3.5 million, Kinta Valley Geopark to receive RM0.8 million, Bukit Larut Management to receive RM1 million, Taiping Botanical Garden Management to receive RM0.3 million and other tourism programmes to receive RM1.7 million.
“The domestic tourism campaign would be continued with the allocation of 10,000 pieces of #TravelPerakLah tourism vouchers worth RM150, RM50 and RM30 for selected accommodation and tourism products,” he explained today (December 16).
According to him, the state government has created a State Tourism Product Good Practice Compliance Committee as a safety initiative in the domestic tourism sector.
He added that a total of RM10,000 one-off aid was presented to 12 societies and NGOs for their contribution in boosting the state tourism sector.
“Regarding the industry players affected by the pandemic, a one-off incentive of RM700 is given to 300 registered tourist guides and RM2000 to 200 registered travel and tour agencies.
“Meanwhile, RM4.4 million is allocated for the upgrade and maintenance of tourism facilities in the state such as upgrading works at Lata Tebing Tinggi at Selama, Taiping Zoo, Kinta Nature Park at Kampar and Kellie’s Castle at Batu Gajah.
“Perak State Library Corporation will also receive RM10 million for the cost of management and maintenance, as well as RM1.6 million for development,” he added.