IPOH: The Perak state government is expecting five million domestic tourists to visit the state this year, says Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohamed Radzi.
The state Housing, Local Government and Tourism committee chairman said the same figure was set for last year.
“However, we have yet to finalise the figures as to how many domestic tourists had visited the state last year.
“But in view of the increase in the Covid-19 cases, and several restrictions imposed, it will be a difficult time for tourism activities, ” she said after launching the upgraded Ipoh Tourists Information Centre here.
The centre started renovations last year in February, and works had been completed in November last year.
Nolee added that with the movement control order in the six states, it would adversely impact the state’s economy.
“Usually those from the neighbouring states visit Ipoh especially during the weekends to savour the various food, and the tourism locations.
“However, the decision made by the government on the restrictions are for our betterment, as everyone needs to play their part to ensure the curve is flattened, ’’ she added.
On the centre, she said it was the first stop for tourists who wanted to get more information about the attractions in the state.
She said the centre has always been accessible and convenient for tourists who wished to partake in several activities, such as the tourism trails within the city.
“The upgraded centre with a new concept, and design aims to breathe new life to the building.
“The centre managed by the Ipoh City Council, with the cooperation from Tourism Perak, is definitely a place to get all the information required.
“The audio visual room is also a great point for research and reference, especially for the younger generation, ” she added.
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