The Perak State Government urged private companies to work with the three low-cost carriers and Malayan Railways Limited (KTMB) to create new tourism packages to attract tourists to the state, especially domestic travellers.

State Executive Councillor for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dato' Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi said that regular introduction of new packages would see returning visitors from other states in the country, as well as those from neighbouring countries, such as Singapore and Indonesia.

Addressing the media after a tourism programme with the state's tourism industry players recently, she said, "We want to see this flow of visitors to Perak as an opportunity for the private sector to tap. It'll also allow players in the travel industry to form smart partnerships with the private sector to create new packages or promotions.

Perak is a large state and it's not enough to spend just a day or two visiting. The state government, together with Tourism Malaysia Perak, will relook at the Indonesian market and be more aggressive in our efforts to fill up inbound flights from Medan. We'll also step up our marketing of medical tourism via Medan.

Another sector that we'll be looking into is the Japanese market for eco-tourism and homestay experience."

Nolee expressed hopes that these efforts will help local entrepreneurs generate as much income as possible through the tourism industry.

Luqman