PERAK will see more four and five-star rating hotels next year, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir said.
He said last year alone there were 13 new hotels built or refurbished in various locations in the state.
He, however, said there was still a need for more four and five-star ratings hotels in the state.
“We have discussed with the relevant tourism players on the need to have more such hotels in main tourism locations like Pulau Pangkor.
“For instance, the Pangkor Laut Resort alone is not enough to cater to the demand.
“During holidays and festive periods, the demand for hotel rooms is overwhelming,” he said after launching the new Tourism Perak office at Jalan Teh Hawa, and its logo on Thursday.
Dr Zambry said Perak was also aiming to attract international tourists in the context of sports, seminars, conventions and special trips.
He said with such an approach, they are hoping to get more international tourists.
“With the Ipoh Convention Centre in the midst of construction, and the existing Amanjaya Covention Centre, we are hopeful.
“There are also plans to hold the Pangkor International Dialogue at various districts in the state.
“We are also looking at enhancing, among others, the Royal Belum World Drums Festival and the World Jetrace Challenge,” he added.
Dr Zamry said there were seven million domestic tourist arrivals in Perak last year, compared to 6.02 million arrivals the year before.
“The figures for both years are the highest in the country, according to the Statistics Department.
“So for two consecutive years, Perak topped the list for the highest number of domestic tourist arrivals,” he added.
At the function, he also launched the mosque trail, which would be one of the main Islamic Tourism products in the state.
He said eight mosques chosen for the latest tourism product was Masjid Ubudiah in Kuala Kangsar, which dates back to 1917, Masjid Ihsaniah Iskandariah Kg Kuala Dal Padang Rengas (1938), Masjid Dato Panglima Kinta Ipoh (1898), Masjid India Muslim Ipoh (1908), Masjid Kampong Paloh Ipoh (1912), Masjid Pakistani Ipoh (1930), Masjid Sultan Idris Shah II Ipoh (1968) and Masjid Muhammadiah Tasek Jaya Ipoh (Masjid Cina-2013).
“The eight mosques were selected based on their heritage and historical values, unique structure, and the contributions made towards the society since its establishment
“Unknown to many, there are bus loads of people from other states who visit the mosques,” he added.
Besides that, he said the heritage, food and mural trails would also be promoted aggressively.