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RM525m Boost for Taiping Tourism

Audrey Dermawan 2013/09/19

Taiping, the second-largest town in Perak after Ipoh, is set to get a RM525 million boost for its tourism and hospitality industry with the construction of five new hotels between now and 2016.

When completed, the five hotels will boast a total of 664 rooms.

Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) chief executive Datuk Redza Rafiq said work on the four-star Novotel Hotel is underway.

He said a Tune Hotel is also being constructed here and that details on the other three hotels will be announced later.

Business Times learnt that the three hotels will be built by Plantinum Sdn Bhd, Chiapson Sdn Bhd and High Baron Sdn Bhd, respectively.

"The new hotels are a result of spillover effects following the recent announcement that more than RM400 million in investments will be poured into the town by year-end.

"We expect the spillover to contribute to exponential growth, especially the demand for more hotels, food and beverage outlets and retail centres in the near future," Redza said after the launching of Station FMS, an al fresco food arcade with eight hawker stalls featuring Taiping hawker fare, two air-conditioned dessert outlets and two souvenir-cum-convenience stores.

Station FMS, which had RM1.27 million funding from NCIA, was conceptualised to replicate the first train station in Malaysia which was built here.

Perak Industry, Investment and Corridor Development Committee chairman Datuk Mohammad Zahir Abdul Khalid officiated at the event.

Also present was Taiping Municipal Council president Shahrom Abd Malik.

Redza said investments totalling RM183 million were expected for Taiping.

"These will incorporate a heritage trail as well as enhancements to the Taiping Lake Gardens and Taiping Zoo," he added.

 - btimes