The booking of hotels and accommodations in the city has increased by almost 60% since Perak transitioned into Phase 4 of the National Recovery Plan (PPN) effective November 8.
Chairperson of the Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) Perak, Nurul Nuzairi Mohd Azahari, said that it is a very positive leap after the lull during the Movement Control Order (PKP).
Nuzairi, who also serves as the General Manager of Lost World Of Tambun (LWOT), shared that following the lift of interstate travel ban, the booking of hotels increases due to the arrival of domestic tourists to Ipoh, famed for its food.
“Throughout January till September, booking of hotels was only at about 15%, impacting many hotel operators.
“However, when interstate travel was allowed, Ipoh began to be the focus of local tourists, with high demand for rooms,” he highlighted.
He said so during an event celebrating the delegation of the Terengganu Journalist Club (KAWAT) at Lost World of Tambun yesterday.
A total of 30 media practitioners of various agencies were celebrated to strengthen the relationship among media members in the state.
Present was Mayor, Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin.
In his speech, Rumaizi welcomed the KAWAT members who chose Ipoh as their destination to visit.
According to him, the presence of Terengganu media members also provided space for the Ipoh City Council (MBI) to highlight Ipoh as the location choice of tourists.
“Media is vital in the tourism sector in Ipoh. The effort to promote tourism is futile if there is no publicity via media channels.”
He added that the visit of KAWAT members also indirectly created cooperation between Ipoh and Kuala Terengganu in developing respective tourism.