It was a night of celebration at Kinta Riverfront Hotel & Suites on November 13 as Tourism Perak Malaysia throws its annual gala dinner to celebrate everyone involved in promoting tourism in Perak.

Guest of honour, Chief Minister of Perak, YAB Dato’ Seri Diraja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir who officiated the night congratulated the guests for their tremendous effort to make Perak a must-visit-place in Malaysia,

“The industry of tourism has been playing a major part in building up the economy in Malaysia and Perak. Perak state in particular has held several international events such as Pangkor International Development Dialogue (PIDD), World Civilization and Islamic Thoughts (WCIT) and so many more,” he said in his opening remarks.

“We are also trying to improve the state and facilities of Sultan Azlan Shah Airport to welcome more domestic and international tourists. As for now, there are four operational airlines; Firefly, Tiger Airways, Malindo and YouWings flying forty one times per week. The state is working on adding more destinations in the future such as China, Indonesia and other ASEAN countries” added Dato’ Zambry.

For three consecutive years, Perak has received the highest number of domestic tourists in the country; 5.6 million in 2012, 6.01 million in 2013 and 7 million in 2014. The glittery black and white gala saw the presentation of twenty three categories of awards where Harian Metro grabbed the award for Most Innovative Media.

Ili Aqilah