The Pangkor International Marine Tourism Conference 2022 (PIMTC 2022) which will be held from May 9 till 12 is set to make Pangkor Island the main choice for a nautical tourism destination in Southeast Asia.
Chairperson of PIMTC 2022 and also the President of Perak Tourist Association, Dato’ Mohd Odzman Abdul Kadir said that besides its history and preservation of marine life, the strategic geographical location of Pangkor Island between Langkawi-Singapore and Melaka-Penang Island makes it ideal as a nautical tourism destination.
“PIMTC 2022 will see the involvement of 200 participants from around the world such as Australia, UK, USA, Germany and Belgium. Also invited are government agencies, academicians, students, industry players, tourism NGOs, tour guides, cultural experts, writers and owners of hotels and homestays.
“The main focus to be discussed is the reasons we let sailors from around the world make neighbouring countries their drop-by stop when travelling to Malaysia when we ourselves are capable of serving the best at our own port.
“Besides that, we will also discuss the challenges faced by sailors such as border control, port operating standards, as well as available facilities and services. We also wish to see the potential of a blue economy, which is an economy involving the sea and marine environment in Malaysia,” he said during the media conference when officiating the logo of PIMTC 2022 at MH Hotel recently.
Present were CEO of Tourism Perak, Nurmalis Musa and Advisor of PIMTC 2022, Dato’ Seri Mirza Taiyab Beg.
Executive Councillor for Housing, Local Government and Tourism, Dato’ Nolee Ashilin binti Dato’ Mohammed Radzi said PIMTC 2022 is able to promote the state nautical tourism asset to local and international visitors.
“Besides discussing the tourism aspect and economical potential, it also provides educational opportunities especially to youths who are interested in the industry of cruises and boats.
“This is a golden opportunity for us to meet and have a two-way communication with sailors around the world and seek a way to make Pangkor Island a nautical destination, on par with other countries,” she said.