Istana Budaya dancers entertaining the crowd at the launch. — Photos by RONNIE CHIN
THE Federal Government is confident that Perak can attract about five million tourists to the state for Visit Malaysia Year 2014.
Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said the five million mark was already achieved last year and Perak had enough tourist destinations
including the various cultural, historical
and heritage attractions to woo the
“The state received about 5.9 million tourists last year.
“It is a good indication that the state could once again achieve its target of wooing five million tourists in 2014,” he said during the launch of the “Railway Tourism Package” at the Ipoh Railway Station last Friday.
Nazri said Perak boasted many tourist destinations, including the million-year old Royal Belum tropical rainforest.
“It is older than the Amazon jungle and is one of the state’s heritage that needs to be protected, and which would bring in more returns,” he added.
Apart from the Royal Belum rainforest, other attractions include Gua Tempurung, the Taiping Zoo and Night Safari, Ipoh’s limestone caves, Lumut and Pangkor and the royal town of Kuala Kangsar.
Nazri also said that Visit Malaysia Year 2014 was the fourth promotional programme since its inaugural launch in 1990.
“It is the biggest and most prestigious tourism celebration in the country.
“All Malaysians are involved to welcome guests from all over the world,” he said.
On the railway tourism package, Nazri said it was still a new concept that has yet to reach its maximum potential.
He said there were several packages for the people to choose from, including packages for day-trip, homestay and resort.
In her speech, Perak Tourism Committee chairman Nolee Ashilin Mohd Radzi said with the railway tourism package, more tourists were expected to take the train to visit the state.
“On our part, the state will strive to make Perak an international tourist destination,” said Nolee Ashilin.
The day-long rain also failed to deter visitors from attending the launch ceremony, which started at about 9pm.
About 300 visitors had followed Nazri to board a train from the KL Sentral train station to Ipoh.
As the launch began, the rain stopped for about two hours before pouring again as the ceremony reached its finale.
Visitors at the ceremony were treated to a host of performances by the Istana Budaya dancers and local artistes.