Minister of Tourism and Culture, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri bin Abdul Aziz expected tourism growth in the country, for the first quarter of the year, to be positive. “This is based on the number of tourist arrivals during that period,” he told reporters following the launching of the Destination Perak Sdn Bhd (formerly known as Tourism Perak) office located at Level 11, Perak Techno-Trade Centre, Bandar Meru Raya, 30020 Ipoh, on Friday, April 1.

Nazri spoke on Perak’s efforts at promoting tourism in view of Visit Perak Year 2017. The state, he said, needed the support and cooperation of the federal government to ensure success. His ministry would extend all the assistance required.

“Efforts to publicise Visit Perak Year 2017 are good, as they help to create awareness and encourage tourists to visit the state and the country,” he added. He felt 2016 was a time of consolidation to prepare for the coming year, adding that tourism had garnered RM69.1 billion in profits for 2015.

According to Tourism Malaysia, tourist arrivals in 2015 amounted to 25.7 million. The figure for 2016 is estimated at 30.5 million tourists and profits at RM103 billion.

Present at the launch was the Menteri Besar of Perak, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry bin Abd Kadir.

Another DEstination Perak Office is open at Lot 1-C (GF), Casuarina@Meru, Bandar Meru Raya, 30020 Ipoh.

Nantini