PADANG RENGAS, Jul 17 – The local authorities in Perak should prioritise cleanliness in efforts to attract more tourists to the state, said Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz. He said not only the surroundings should be kept clean, but the food operators also need to comply with food safety and hygiene.
He also said that tourists who visit the state are outsiders (both domestic and foreign), so they must give tourists a good impression so that tourists feel comfortable when visiting. Mohamed Nazri, who is also Padang Rengas MP, was speaking to reporters after a tourism and culture programme held in conjunction with the Aidilfitri celebration here last night, which was attended by more than 5,000 people.
On a report by Lonely Planet which placed Ipoh as the sixth most attractive destination in Asia, Mohamed Nazri said the city was favoured by foreign tourists because of the variety of food and the beauty of the landscape around the city, with its abundance of limestone hills. He said since direct flights between Singapore and Ipoh started, tourists from the island republic had been visiting Ipoh just to dine, as Perak is famous for its ‘hawker food’ such as ‘ayam taugeh’ and salted chicken.
“In addition, tourists from Singapore and China enjoy their visit to Ipoh because they like the city’s landscape, as it looks similar to Guilin, China. The high number of domestic arrivals in Perak, the highest in the country, bodes well for the state in achieving its target of seven million tourists next year, in conjunction with Visit Perak Year 2017,” he said.
Last Wednesday, popular travel portal Lonely Planet placed Ipoh as the sixth most attractive destination to visit in Asia this year after Hokkaido, Japan; Shanghai, China; Jeonju, South Korea; Con Dao Island, Vietnam; and Hong Kong, China. According to the website, little known delicacies had gained popularity after boutique cafes began sprouting in the historic city. — Bernama