Among the many new tourism initiatives being devised by the Malaysian state of Selangor is the Local Community Host Programme, says Y.B. Datuk Abdul Rashid Bin Asari, Chairman of Standing Commitees for Cultural and Tourism, Malay Tradition and Heritage, State Government of Selangor.
“This is a specialised training programme for individuals to become tour guides for visitors, with inclusivity as a guiding principle for sustainable growth and development in tourism.”
The programme is very timely give all of the new tourism initiatives and attractions coming online –not least the Visit Sepang 2020 campaign. “As part of the National Tourism Policy 2020-2050, the Sepang Municipal Council will be one of the pilot districts to initiate the Special Tourism Investment Zone (STIZ),” says Datuk Abdul Rashid Bin Asari.
“This designated zone will be equipped with world class tourism events and tourist convenience. Various activities will be carried out throughout the year including a celebration of Visit Sepang Year, with a 10 million goal of visitors coming into Sepang.”
In addition to the main existing attractions that are already being promoted, there are also some new upcoming attractions such as: Sky Mirror Kuala Selangor, Royal Klang Heritage Walk, Selangor Fruits Valley, Tanjung Sepat, Gua Damai Extreme Park, Kajang Heritage Park and a host of newly-opened hotels. Hon. Amirudin Shari says: “Familiarisation tours for foreign tour operators and media members are ongoing to create awareness of these new products and attract more visitors to the state. Tourism Selangor also promotes these places at trade fairs and includes them in product presentations.”
In terms of key selling points for Selangor, Datuk Abdul Rashid Bin Asari says the state is an important gateway to Malaysia because it is home to a busy port and Kuala Lumpur International Airport, which recorded 53 million visitors in 2017. He also says “eco- tourism plays an important role for Selangor. Conservation and preservation efforts are ongoing to protect the tropical forests and wildlife”.
Photo: Y.B. Datuk Abdul Rashid Bin Asari, Chairman of Standing Commitees for Cultural and Tourism, Malay Tradition and Heritage, State Government of Selangor