A group of Vietnamese media and travel agents are in Ipoh today for a 3D2N familiarization tour.
The group of ten members, comprised of travel agents, a television station and a newspaper was accompanied by Tourism Malaysia Vietnam liason officer Ms Thu Ha and Tourism Malayisa Vietnam Attache and Director Ahmad Zaki.
Zaki said the purpose of the tour was to promote Visit Perak Year 2017 as well as Visit ASEAN@50 both of which kick off in January 2017.
“Another reason for the familiarization visit was to promote the northern peninsula of Malaysia that includes Perak, Penang, Kedah and Perlis.
“Currently most tours to Malaysia focused on Kuala Lumpur to Malacca , Johore and onward to Singapore.
“For this group they came to Kuala Lumpur, took the ETS electric train to Ipoh and will return to KLIA via coach to experience the scenery on the highway” said Zaki.
According to Zaki the North Malaysia has good potential.
“With regular flights from Vietnam to Kuala Lumpur and Penang there are several viable packages available for Perak and Northern Malaysia.
He identified the theme parks, one being the Lost World of Tambun and the upcoming Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS) that is schedule for completion in November.
“We also have nature at Belum Rainforest Resort, adventure at Gopeng, the nature and heritage environment at Taiping and Kuala Sepetang not to mention the beaches at Pangkor Island being some of the packages readily available.
Zaki said that Vietnamese arrivals to Malaysia took a dip last year from 286,000 in 2014 to 229,000 in 2015 which he attributed to increased competition from its ASEAN partners such as Indonesia and Phillippines. As such it was important to continue with promotions such as this one.
The group’s tour of Ipoh included the Old Town Ipoh Heritage Trail followed by a visit to Kelly’s Castle and Lost World of Tambun.
Ms Hao Nguyen of Hanoi Television said that she was impressed with Ipoh’s Heritage Trail.
“The grand colonial buildings at the Railway Station and the old heritage shop houses at Old Town were well matched and blended naturally well.
“Even the wall murals along the trail was very attractive and unique unlike what is available in Vietnam”
Hao said she found the Chinese food here ‘a little sweet’ and planned to try some Malay street food before returning home.
Part of the group’s tour here included meeting with officials from Tourism Perak where they were provided promotion videos of the Visit Perak 2017 attractions for broadcasting on local Vietnam television.