IPOH: More than RM20mil has been allocated for the preparations of Visit Perak Year 2024, says state Tourism Committee chairman Loh Sze Yee.
The funding is said to be from both the state and the Tourism Arts and Culture Ministry (Motac).
“We initially received RM3.5mil in annual allocations and a further RM7mil special allocation from the state.
“Motac has also given us an RM9.09mil budget, for 35 projects to be carried out in several phases, with an additional RM1mil to be used for promotional activities,” he told reporters during a press conference at the state secretariat building here yesterday.
Loh said the Motac allocation is for restoration and upgrades at tourist attractions around Perak.
“From Motac, the highest allocation (is) for the Lenggong District Council to build boardwalks, a jetty and a pedestrian walkway at Tasik Raban Resort.
“Meanwhile the Pasir Salak Historical Complex received RM50,000 from the ministry for minor repair work, and RM1.2mil from the state government and Perak Museum Board for major upgrades,” he said.
Among other projects included in the budget are for repairs of Rumah Kutai at Taman Rekreasi Gunung Lang, Teluk Batik’s public toilet upgrades and Sg Papan trail’s suspension bridge maintenance work.
Loh added that federal government agencies are also working |to make Visit Perak Year 2024 a success.
“Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd for example had recently launched new stops for their daily northern train route namely Ipoh, Sungai Siput and Kuala Kangsar.”
“We also received supporting grants from both tourism and cultural sectors,” he said.