Some 150 students from Guangzhou, China visited popular tourism spots in Perak following a four-day tour aimed at exposing them to ongoing environmental conservation programmes in the state.

Dato’ Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi, the Executive Councillor for Tourism, Arts, Culture, Multimedia and Communications said that the exposure will enlighten the students on efforts in conserving the environment and showcasing Perak as an international educational tourism hub.

“This is the third time we play host to students from Guangzhou. Aged 13 to 17, they are brought to various touristic locations such as Pangkor Island, Kuala Sepetang and Orang Asli settlements in Gopeng.

“We’ll continue with such programmes in the future introducing new locations to highlight Perak especially to international students,” she said when welcoming the said students at Lost World of Tambun on Wednesday, January 24.

Present were CEO of Tourism Perak Management Berhad, Zuraida Md Taib and Managing Director of GIT Tours & Travels Sdn Bhd, Cindy Seow Chooi Ling.

According to Nolee, the state plans to increase the number of participants for educational tourism from Western Asia and Europe this year.

“Right now, we receive many visitors under the educational tourism platform. They’re from countries such as China, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and Indonesia. We’ll increase the number by getting tourists from Europe and Western Asia as well.”

Some 8.8 million tourists are expected to visit Perak this year, an increase of 10 percent compared to last year.

Rosli Mansor