November 15, 2009
Perak Steps Up Tourism Promotion
From Roshidi Abu Samah
SINGAPORE, Nov 15 (Bernama) -- The state of Perak in Malaysia is to market itself
aggressively abroad by promoting attractions dubbed the "10 Icons of Perak" to boost annual tourist arrivals by
500,000 to 3.5 million next year, Perak senior state executive councillor Datuk Hamidah Osman said here.
She said the overseas promotion would be carried out in cooperation with Tourism
Malaysia and would begin with Singapore.
"We also see China as a huge potential market," Hamidah, who is Perak Tourism
Committee chairman, told reporters at the Fascinating Malaysia Travel Fair 2009 at Suntec City here.
She said the 10 icons were the Royal Belum world's oldest rainforest; the Gua
Tempurung largest limestone cave in Peninsular Malaysia; the Matang mangrove swamp forest; the Taiping Zoo; the
Perak Herbal Park; the Orang Utan Island at Bukit Merah Laketown Resort; the Felda Residence Hotsprings in Sungai
Klah, Sungkai; the royal town of Kuala Kangsar; Pangkor Island and Ipoh, which is well known for its beautiful
limestone hills and diversity of food.
She also said it was hoped that more low-cost airlines would operate flights between
Ipoh and Singapore. Budget airline Firefly Sdn Bhd has one flight a day between the two cities.
Hamidah said Perak offered, besides its natural attractions, a low-cost of living,
and urged Singaporeans to visit the state.
The Fascinating Malaysia Travel Fair 2009, which began on Friday, ends