Perak’s Ambitious Plans for Visit Perak Year 2024: A Glimpse into Ecological Tourism
In anticipation of Visit Perak Year 2024, the state of Perak is setting its sights high, targeting a whopping eight million domestic tourists. Loh Sze Yee, the chairman of the Tourism, Industry, Investment, and Corridor Development Committee, is optimistic about achieving this ambitious goal despite the challenges posed by the post-Covid-19 recovery phase.
Perak, known for its historical significance and natural beauty, plans to entice visitors with a diverse array of interesting programs strategically spread across its various tourist locations. While the state fell short of meeting its tourism targets in the past year, the optimism for 2024 is unwavering.
A Dual Focus on Domestic and Foreign Tourists
The state government not only aims to attract domestic tourists but is also targeting 350,000 foreign tourists for the upcoming year. In a bid to diversify its tourism offerings, Perak is introducing a groundbreaking concept – ‘Rehabilitation and Conservation Tourism.’
Unveiling the ‘Rehabilitation and Conservation Tourism’ Package
The crux of this innovative tourism package lies in its two-fold approach – ecological conservation and rehabilitation. Highlighting the conservation aspect is the promotion of the Royal Belum State Park. Renowned for preserving diverse flora and fauna, including endangered species like the Malayan Tiger, this park provides a unique opportunity for tourists worldwide to explore the oldest tropical rainforest.
The ‘Rehabilitation’ component of the package will showcase the Kinta Valley and the last standing Malaysian tin mining dredge, “Tanjung Tualang Tin Dredge No 5” (TT5). Tourists will delve into the history of the rise and fall of the tin mining industry in the Kinta Valley.
A Lesson in History: Tin Mining Industry and Ecological Rehabilitation
As the tin mining industry declined, mining ponds were left abandoned, contributing to ecological challenges. Perak’s forward-thinking state government, in collaboration with various agencies, has harnessed the power of technology and natural elements. Abandoned mining ponds are actively transformed into lush green lakes through strategic planting of aquatic plants and bamboo, expediting the ecological recovery of these ponds.
Royal Belum State Park: A Conservation Marvel
The promotion of the Royal Belum State Park is not merely a tourist attraction but also a conservation effort. With only about 100 Malayan Tigers left in the wild, this park plays a pivotal role in raising awareness about ecological protection.
Visit Perak Year 2024 is not just about attracting tourists; it’s a holistic approach aimed at preserving and celebrating the ecological wonders that Perak holds. From the rich biodiversity of the Royal Belum State Park to the historical remnants of the tin mining industry, the state invites the world to partake in an immersive and educational tourism experience. As Perak marches towards this exciting year, it signals a new era in responsible and sustainable tourism for Malaysia.