Ipoh City Council won the Tourism Promotion Organisation, Asia-Pacific’s (TPO) Best Destination Manager award recently.  Winning the coveted title means that Ipoh is one of the top tourism cities in the Asia-Pacific region.

Dato’ Nolee Ashilin, the Executive Councillor for Health, Tourism and Culture, congratulated Ipoh City Council for the achievement. Ipoh was one of the winners in the ten categories contested which included Best Marketing Campaign, Best Advertising Printing, Best Advertising Broadcasting, Best Festival Event, Best CD Promotion, Best Tourism Brochure, Best Website, Best Destination Manager, Tourism Industry Leader of the Year and Best Public Relations Campaign.

“The recognition by TPO should be a timely boost for public departments, agencies and tourism players in Perak to play their part in ensuring that Ipoh remains as a top tourist destination,” she told reporters after receiving the award from TPO Secretary-General, Hwan Myung Joo at The Majestic Hotel, Kuala Lumpur recently.

TPO is a network of cities in Asia-Pacific and international organisations in the tourism sector. It serves as a marketing, information and communication platform for member cities. A total of 72 cities are registered with TPO, including government departments and non-governmental organisations.

Perak state government, said Nolee, would continue to strengthen ties with cities that have tourism products of international repute. “Prolonged promotion in foreign countries would have encouraging results in terms of increased visitors. Ipoh may not be a large city but it is unique in terms of food, history and recreation,” she added.

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