KUALA Kangsar will be promoted as a tourist destination during Visit Perak 2024.
Perak tourism committee chairman Loh Sze Yee said the royal town had various heritage, culture and eco-tourism products.
“It also has unique food like Laksa Kuala Kangsar, which we have been promoting at the annual Pesta Laksa,” he said in his reply to Dr Hashim Bujang (PN-Bukit Chandan) during the question-and-answer session at the state assembly sitting yesterday.
“Masjid Ubudiah, Victoria Bridge, Istana Kenangan and Sultan Azlan Shah Gallery are some of the tourism locations people can visit,” said Loh.
“We will also hold labu sayong, rebana and tekat benang emas (gold thread embroidery) workshops to attract tourists.”
He said various other efforts had been taken to promote Kuala Kangsar.
“We have brought in tourism industry players from Thailand to visit the town, via Tourism Perak.
“Billboards have also been placed near the Kuala Kangsar toll booth and we promote the district through social media too.”
He said other initiatives to improve tourism products in Kuala Kangsar included maintaining the oldest rubber tree in the district plus maintaining Victoria Bridge and beautifying its surrounding area.
Loh said the clock towers in Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Siput had been repaired while the Lembah Jetty area was improved.
“We have planned many events to be held in conjunction with Visit Perak Year 2024, such as Program Citra Warisan DiRaja Perak and a dragonboat contest.
“There will also be a Family Day with Bicycle event that will be held to mark World Bicycle Day. It will be held in Ipoh, Kuala Kangsar, Taiping, Teluk Intan and Tapah,” he added.
To an additional question by Goh See Hua (PH-Pasir Pinji) on promoting various cultures, Loh said the state would pursue this.
He said products would be marketed to countries that have shown interest in certain interesting locations in Perak.
“Chinese new villages are unique because of their history.
“The tourists in China may be keen but this may not interest those from the Middle East.
“We will also promote Tarian Gabus, which is unique to Perak,” he added.