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A show of culture: The Kuala Lumpur Hari Raya and Cultural Festival is filled with song and dance from the various races in the country.
KUALA Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has introduced an official tourism website, www.visitkl.gov.my
It offers tourists extensive and up-to-date information about the city including accommodation, food, attractions and transport options.
Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor launched the website during the KL Raya Open House at Dataran Merdeka.
Also present were Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib and DBKL director-general Datuk Salleh Yusup.
The website will have an events page with information on the many happenings in the city, and over 2,500 links to other useful sites.
DBKL also introduced the VisitKL mobile app, compatible with both IOS and Android devices.
The mobile app has features such as directory information and a location finder using Google Maps.
“The website is trendy and informative, while the mobile app can be downloaded by tourists before they even arrive in Kuala Lumpur.
“Tourists will have instant access to all information they need when visiting Malaysia’s capital city,” Tengku Adnan said.
Ahmad Phesal said the website was one of the measures to promote Kuala Lumpur as a holiday destination and in preparation for Visit Malaysia Year 2014.
“This website will not only provide up-to-date information but is also a way to engage with tourists,” he said.
Tengku Adnan and Ahmad Phesal also launched a new tram route that would connect the Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park (nature zone) to Dataran Merdeka (heritage zone).
The current tram route only shuttles tourists within the Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park, with stops at 14 attractions.
The new route will include the area around Dataran Merdeka with stops at nine attractions including the National Textile Museum, the former High Court Building, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building and Saint Mary’s Cathedral.
Tourists can now explore the heritage and nature zones by either foot, bicycle or tram.
“With these new facilities, the number of visitors will hopefully increase. The tram ride only costs RM2 for a full-day pass,” Tengku Adnan said.
Four locally-produced and battery-powered trams, costing a total of RM500,000, are being used.
“We will look into increasing the number of trams based on the response.
“We may even consider introducing new routes such as to KLCC or the Masjid India area,” Tengku Adnan said.
The trams operate from 9.30am to 11.30am and 2pm to 4pm on weekdays.
On weekends, the hours are from 9.30am to 4pm.
Tram tickets are available at the KL City Gallery, No. 27, Jalan Raja, Dataran Merdeka.
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