VISITORS can look forward to participating in free tours around Johor Baru from January to March next year.
Johor Tourist Guides Association president Jimmy Leong Wei Kong said the initiative was a collaboration between his association, Iskandar Malaysia, Think City and Johor Baru City Council.
“The free tour is open to local and foreign tourists. Some 15 tour guides are currently undergoing training for it.
“We selected candidates based on their creativity, personality and good interpersonal skills,” he said.
The free two-hour tour, dubbed “Gems of Johor Baru CBD” (Central Business District), is available every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
“The tour will start from Laman Tun Sri Lanang at 9am.
“Visitors will learn the history of Johor Baru, including historical personalities who have roads named after them.
“They will also walk along the Johor Baru Spiritual trail, which includes Arulmigu Rajamariamman Devasthanam, Gurdwara Sahib Johor Baru and Johor Ancient Temple,” Leong said, adding that the tour would end at Jalan Dhoby.
Leong hoped that the tour would help spur the local economy while giving visitors and locals a chance to learn about the history and cultural heritage of the city.
“We hope hotels and tour agencies will continue offering it after the three-month period.
“We want this to be a sustainable tourism product,” he said. — By VENESA DEVI