The Pangkor International Marine Tourism Conference 2022 (PIMTC 2022) highlights the potential of a blue economy besides introducing the nautical tourism sector which is set to boost Lumut and Pangkor Island as the main tourism destinations of the state.
Executive Councillor for Housing, Local Government and Tourism, Dato’ Nolee Ashilin binti Dato’ Mohammed Radzi said the PIMTC22 opens collaborative opportunities for local marine operators with international sailors, creating a network which benefits all.
“PIMTC22 provides opportunities for sailors to discuss the challenges faced by them such as border control, port operating standards, facilities and services. The proposals will then be forwarded to the federal government for consideration.
“The participation of students of higher learning institutions enables the youth to learn from the talks about the marine sector.
“If the PIMTC22 successfully achieves its objective, it will surely contribute towards the development of the tourism industry and community sustainability,” she said during the officiating ceremony of the conference at Marina Island Pangkor Resort recently.
Present were Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dato’ Seri Dr Santhara Kumar; President of Perak Tourism Association, Dato’ Mohd. Odzman Abdul Kadir; and Advisor of PIMTC22, Dato’ Seri Mirza Taiyab Beg.
Some 200 participants are made up of international sailors from America, Canada, Austria, New Zealand, Japan, Ireland, Switzerland, France, Germany and Sweden.
PIMTC22 is ongoing for four days from May 9 to 12. Participants are also brought to tour Taiping, Kuala Kangsar and Labu Kubong to introduce the state tourism products.
Meanwhile, to be held on May 12 is a symbolic flag-off of the yachts by Dato’ Nolee Ashilin.