The Perak Tourism Association (PTA) held a dialogue over tea to share ideas on how to enhance the tourism industry in the state.
Held at the Lost World of Tambun, the session was attended by around 50 representatives from non-governmental organisations, tour agencies, hotels, local attractions, Ipoh City Council and Tourism Perak, who discussed how to further boost the tourism industry.
Among the ideas brainstormed were having more initiatives on cleanliness, joint ventures as well as night-time activities to attract more tourists to Ipoh.
There was also a briefing on the Pangkor Duty Free initiative, which includes future development and planning for the island.
PTA president Datuk Mohammad Odzman Abdul Kadir said he was disappointed that not many government agencies who were invited attended the session.
“Our main idea was to collaborate with the government agencies.
“Some questions raised were not answered. The tourism industry players do not even know the event calendar for next year.
“I will write to the relevant agencies on the recommendations raised during the session, ” he said.
On the Pangkor Duty Free initiative, Odzman said he was concerned about the preparations to welcome tourists.
“I am worried about the accommodation aspect, as people are quite selective about it.
“Has the state done any product audit on the hotels, resorts, services, activities and eateries? Are these up to standard?
“These are the things people want to know, ” he added.
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