Hobbitoon Village and Escape: New Tourist Attractions with the Potential to Draw Crowds

By: Rosli Mansor and Ahmad Razali

Simpang Pulai – Hobbitoon Village and Escape are among the new tourist products in the state of Perak that are poised to capture the attention of travellers.

Chairman of the State Tourism, Industry, Investment, and Corridor Development Committee, Loh Sze Yee, stated that both products have their unique features capable of increasing tourist visits to Perak.

“Hobbitoon Village, located in Simpang Pulai near the border with Cameron Highlands, Pahang, is a new attraction for tourists, especially from Pahang.

“Similarly, Escape in Batu Gajah, which is fully operational, adds value to the existing tourism product, TT5 Excavator Ship.

“Both products will ensure the attraction of many tourists, especially during Visit Malaysia Year 2026,” he told reporters at a press conference at Hobbitoon Village, Simpang Pulai, yesterday.

Loh Sze Yee added that Perak is one of the states with significant potential contributions to domestic tourism and has received 2.3 million tourists from December 2023 to February 2024.

“Perak is also famous for its gastronomic tourism sector, especially the city of Ipoh, which attracts many domestic and international visitors.

“We have received 2.3 million tourists in three months. This figure shows that Perak is a stopover location for tourists from the north and south.

“Through cooperation with Tourism Malaysia, we aim to focus on attracting more tourists to stay longer in Perak.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chairman of the Malaysian Tourism Promotion Board, Dato’ Yeoh Soon Hin, said that various plans have been arranged to diversify tourism products, especially during Visit Malaysia Year 2026.

“Perak is a tourist destination, especially for visitors from the northern and southern states. Perak is not only known for its cultural diversity but also its heritage products such as historical buildings found around Taiping and Ipoh.

“This year, we target 27.3 million tourists nationwide. This target will undoubtedly be achieved if all parties play their respective roles.

“We aim to create tourism corridors between all states through cooperation between private entities and tourism agencies to attract more tourists,” he said, who is also the Chairman of the Penang Port Commission.

Dato’ Yeoh Soon Hin conducted a one-day visit to Taiping, Simpang Pulai, and Batu Gajah to identify potential tourism products in Perak.

Also present was the Chief Executive Officer of Tourism Perak, Nurmalis Musa.

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