RM3.8mil to be spent on upgrading selected sites in Ipoh Old Town

Selected sites in Ipoh Old Town is set to get a face-lift ahead of the Visit Perak Year 2012.

The Tourism Ministry has allocated RM3.8mil for the exercise.

State Tourism Committee chairman Datuk Hamidah Osman said the former Medan Kidd bus terminal would be renamed Ipoh Tourism Hub.

The hub would have upgraded stalls selling food and handicraft, an amphitheatre and new toilets, she told reporters during a visit to the Perak Tourist Information Centre in Ipoh. .

Perak has targeted three million tourist arrivals next year.

Hamidah said the roads along the Ipoh Heritage Trail would be improved and more signboards and information boards on historical monuments would be put up.

She said the square in front of the Ipoh Railway Station would have more lights.

The fountain there has also been chosen among two others in the city to be converted into a musical fountain with lights and sounds.

The other two are the fountains beside the Mentri Besar’s official residence and at Dataran Ipoh.

“The Ipoh Tree will also come with information on its origin, including how it got its name,” she said, adding that the railway station would also have a tourist information centre offering city tours and guides.

Hamidah advised local councils to keep public toilets clean and put up signboards to welcome tourists.

-Thestar.

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