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PTA to the Fore

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A gathering of the who’s who in the state tourism industry was held at Syuen Hotel, Ipoh on Wednesday, May 22. The get-together was organised by the Perak Tourism Association (PTA) with the concurrence of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture (Perak) and Tourism Malaysia (Perak).

The primary objective of the meeting, according to Hj Odzman Abd Kadir, President of PTA, was to plan ahead following the appointment of a new executive councillor for tourism after the conclusion of the 13th General Election.

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Puan Nolee Ashilin bt Mohd Radzi, state assemblywoman for Tualang Sekah, has been appointed to the hot seat on Saturday, May 18. Nolee, 38, has the advantage of youth on her side. And coming from a family of politicians she definitely has the edge over the rest.

Tourism is the third highest income generator after petroleum and raw commodities. For 2012, the nation collected a staggering sum of RM60.6 billion from tourism. Potential for growth in the tourism sector in Perak is great. However, planning and a lack of dynamism are holding things back. And unless these problems are addressed, the likelihood of a slump becomes apparent.

Most of the points raised by participants were the same. High on the list are poor maintenance of tourist spots, lack of signage and information. These points will be presented to Nolee by PTA as a curtain raiser.

Odzman announced the association-organised activities in the pipeline. The much awaited Ipoh International Waiters Race has now been rescheduled to Sunday, June 29. Of equal importance is the Tourism Appreciation Dinner planned for Friday July 5 to be held at Lost World of Tambun. The dinner is to honour those who have performed well in their respective establishments.

Ed

Perak Arts Festival

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By Fathol Zaman Bukhari

Perak Tourism AssociationThe desire to see a change in the public’s perception of Visit Perak Year 2012 (VPY 2012) prompted a couple of concerned individuals in the tourism industry to do something drastic. They initiated plans to overhaul the ongoing programmes by putting in place an activity which will be regarded as the culmination of the year-long festivities.

Taking the lead in the initiative is Haji Odzman Abdul Kadir, President of Perak Tourism Association better known by its abbreviation PTA. The association, for some inexplicable reasons, has been constantly referred to as Parent-Teacher Association that dabbles in tourism. It may sound funny but that is the sad fact.

The Perak Tourism Association has been in existence for a very long time but its significance has been under-estimated by many in the tourism industry. The enormity of its responsibilities outstrips that of state-level affiliates such as the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) and the Malaysian Association of Hoteliers (MAH).

Its primary role is to act as a conduit between the state government and tourism industry players. Frankly, PTA exists for a reason. It has positioned itself as a convenient facilitator to convert policies into actions and vice versa. Being a go-between, its role in the whole scheme of things is enormous. But due to an infantile tourism industry and an equally inept tourist department, PTA has not been able to exert itself.

This could be the reason why some take a dim view of the association, equating it to a parent-teacher body more prone to hiccups than astuteness. Those who consider the association as nothing more than a necessary irritant now do so at their own peril.

Odzman’s “event to end all events” found solid footing when his proposal paper was accepted, with minimal changes, by Dato’ Hamidah Osman, Executive Councillor for Tourism. His request for RM250,000, a very conservative estimate for the three-day festival, was duly approved by Hamidah. The money will come from the RM500,000 allocation by the Tourism Ministry to the state for VPY 2012.

“Making it an event to end all events is a tall order,” said Odzman. Undeterred by negative comments, the former teacher is determined to prove his critics wrong. “I’ve the right people on my side,” he enthused. Obviously, he was referring to Syahruddin Hamid, the Director of the Ministry of Tourism (Perak) and Mohd Taib, President of Perak Heritage Society. Newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of Tourism Perak Management Berhad, Haji Musa Dun has been won over. The quartet has identified their targets and, in the weeks ahead, will go about making their dreams a reality.

Perak Arts Festival is slated for September 14 till 16. It will coincide with Malaysia Day, which falls on September 16. The objective of the celebration is to showcase the rich heritage of the four races namely, Malay, Chinese, Indian and Orang Asli. “We’ve lost plenty due to progress. Reviving these dying arts will be central to the festival,” said Syahruddin.

The event will be held at Dataran MBI (MBI Square) and will be in the form of an exhibition held within four tented pavilions. The pavilions will exhibit the art forms indigenous to the four races.

A variety of programmes are on the cards to keep visitors of all ages occupied. They include traditional games, extreme games and street games. Clinics to teach those keen on learning the dying arts will be held. “We’ve something for everyone,” said Mohd Taib.

Publicity, long the bane of VPY 2012, will be adequately addressed. “We’ll use all available avenues to promote the event nation-wide,” said Odzman. “And that includes the huge LED screens in town.”

Visit Perak Year 2012 looks set to finish on a cheery note, contrary to what many have predicted.

PTA To the Fore

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Hj Odzman Abdul Kadir, President of Perak Tourism Association (PTA)

Much has been said about the MBI-administered Perak Tourism Information Centre, which gained notoriety due to its many shortcomings. The situation is further compounded with Visit Perak Year 2012 fast on its heels. A feeling of déjà-vu pervades among those responsible for its upkeep.

Sensing a major catastrophe looming if nothing is done to address the problem(s), President of Perak Tourism Association (PTA), Hj Odzman Abdul Kadir (pic), took it upon himself to do the needful.

As a follow up to Mariam Mokthar’s observations in Ipoh Echo Issue 129, Ipoh City Council has initiated actions to rehabilitate the beleaguered centre. And this includes a possible name change, pursuant to recommendations made by Executive Councillor, Dato’ Hamidah Osman recently. A meeting between the Council’s tourism staff and concerned Ipohites on Friday, October 14 may see some positive changes taking place in the days ahead.

Odzman feels that the centre should not only function as a nominal tourist information booth but a source for a myriad of tourist-related activities, such as the sale of handicrafts and souvenirs and the collection and collation of tourism data.

As time is of the essence, a gradual conversion is envisaged. The Perak Heritage Society and other like-minded individuals will be involved directly in the implementation process.

High up on PTA’s agenda is the formation of a pool of trained volunteers to man the information centre. A short course for front-liners is in the pipeline beginning in Ipoh on Monday, November 14. Those keen in participating or wishing to help out can contact Odzman on his mobile: 012-5186070 for details.

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