IPOH: Perak has been listed as among the Top 10 ‘must visit’ regions next year, according to world-famous Lonely Planet.
Lonely Planet, the world’s largest travel guide book publisher, recently published its annual Best in Travel list, and Malaysia’s Silver State got a nod.
Perak is ranked number 9 after Choquequirao (Peru), Taranaki (New Zealand), The Azores (Portugal), North Wales (United Kingdom), South Australia, Ayse´n (Chile), The Tuamotus (French Polynesia) and Coastal Georgia, USA.
The Skellig Ring, Ireland was ranked number 10. State Tourism, Arts, Culture, Multimedia and Communications exco Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi said it was an honour for the state and would be a boost for Visit Perak Year in 2017.
“This will especially help our promotion efforts globally to draw more visitors. Among the plus points listed by Lonely Planet include Ipoh’s uniqueness as a heritage and historical site. Its classic and vintage cafes are also touted as major draws.
“On the nature front, Perak is also known for its Royal Belum National Park and Pangkor Island,” she said.
She said the recognition would be used to further promote the state to attract more domestic and foreign tourists.
“A lot can still be done in preparation for Visit Perak Year 2017 including improving cleanliness and environmental sustainability to ensure that they can be used as elements to draw tourists.”
Ipoh was previously ranked 6 in Lonely Planet’s list of ‘must visit’ cities.
Meanwhile, Lonely Planet, in its list of Top 10 countries, ranked Canada followed by Colombia, Finland, Dominica, Nepal, Bermuda, Mongolia, Oman, Myanmar and Ethiopia as the best.
Bordeaux in France tops its list for the best cities to be visited next year, followed by Cape Town, South Africa; Los Angeles, United States; Me´rida, Mexico; Ohrid, Macedonia; Pistoia, Italy; Seoul, South Korea; Lisbon, Portugal; Moscow, Russia and Portland, Oregon, United States.
Source : New Straits Times Online