The state government prioritises the strengthening of the economy and improving the living standards of the local community by adding value to the tourism sector and increasing opportunities and participation in the field of entrepreneurship.
Executive Councillor for Housing, Local Government and Tourism, Dato’ Nolee Ashilin binti Dato’ Mohammed Radzi stated that the performance of Taiping as a tourism destination is very encouraging. According to her, the latest report showed that Taiping Zoo and Night Safari recorded an attendance of 200,000 visitors since transitioning into Phase 4 of the National Recovery Plan.
“This is a good sign for economic recovery and I believe it will continue as long as we practise the standard operating procedures (SOPs) to curb the COVID-19 outbreak.
“At the moment, it is not easy to obtain accommodation for weekends,” she said in her speech when officiating the 5th Publicity and Public Participation Programme for the Special Area Plan Draft of Taiping at the Taiping Municipal Council Hall recently.
Present were Yang Dipertua of Taiping Municipal Council, Khairul Amir Mohamad Zubir; Deputy Director-general of PLANMalaysia, Datuk Mohd Faidzal Hamzah and Director of PLANMalaysia@Perak, Asni Mustafa.
Nolee said that Taiping is a Semi-Regional Centre and functions as a Heritage City with the nickname, “The First in Tanah Melayu” with unique treasures.
She shared that there are three destinations which still retain their natural greenery, namely Bukit Larut, Taiping Zoo and Taman Tasik DiRaja Taiping of 130 years old, all becoming among the tourist attractions to the city.
The variety of tourism products, cultural and historical areas, as well as city activities which will be upgraded are among the factors for the young generations to continue residing and later own properties in Taiping.
She explained that an efficient communication system via the Federal Highway, West Coast Expressway (WCE) and KTM ETS service will further boost the Taiping – Kuala Sepetang Tourism Cluster.