The participation of the Perak government delegation accompanied by travel agents at the Dubai Expo 2021 opened up opportunities for the marketing of local tourism products to Middle Eastern countries.
Tourism Perak Chief Executive, Nurmalis Musa said the Perak government’s efforts to attract more tourists to Perak in 2022 could pay off through the promotion of newly introduced tourism products.
“Perak is one of the three best states that has consistently received the highest number of domestic tourist arrivals since 2015. Perak ranks second after Selangor.
“According to the statistics report by the Department of Statistics, in 2015 the state of Selangor received a total of 13.2 million domestic tourists while the state of Perak received a total of 4.9 million tourists staying overnight.
“I am confident that the participation of travel agents in this expo can establish good relations between tour operators and visitors in promoting new tourism products in Perak such as the Maze Garden @ TT5, the World Heritage site, Ipoh Riverwalk and Kuak Hill Resort in Lenggong Valley,” she said while reading a speech representing the Menteri Besar of Perak at the Malaysia Pavillion, Dubai Expo 2021 yesterday (December 31).
The five participating travel agencies involved are Suka Jaya Travel & Tours Sdn. Bhd., Aidil Travel & Tours Sdn. Bhd., Kurma Travel & Tours Sdn. Bhd., De Voyager Global Tours Sdn. Bhd., and Punsu Travel & Tours Sdn. Bhd.
Also present were the Mayor of Ipoh, Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin @ Md Daud, Chief Executive of MB Inc, Anuar Zainal Abidin and Chairman of Media Hub, Dr. Abdulrahim Abdulwahid.
Through the text of the speech, Nurmalis also touched on the Economic Stimulus Package (PRE) Phase II to which the Perak government has allocated RM10.84 million to boost the tourism sector in Perak.
“The budget will be used to upgrade the infrastructure of tourism products, as well as fund Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) with allowances for tour guides.
“Besides that, travel vouchers for Phase l, ll and lll #Peraktravellah are offered to hotel operators, owners of travel products and travel agencies, among others.
“Other tourism industry players are also provided with an allocation of RM1.03 million as the first incentive to help those affected during the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said.