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Food trucks set to make a splash in Kuantan : August 18, 2018

KUANTAN: Food trucks are the latest in thing and a street in Kuantan is being given a new lease of life because of it. Jalan Lebai Ali, situated in the city centre will serve as a one-stop food truck centre in a bid to attract tourists. To be called Jalan Lebai Ali Food Street, the 90-metre long stretch will accommodate 14 food trucks that will operate from 6pm to 2am daily.

Kuantan Municipal Council (MPK) president Datuk Fadzilla Salleh said Jalan Lebai Ali Food Street will offer various delicacies apart from street art that will don the wall next to the area. "People can choose from an array of food items, among them 'tauhu bergedil', burrito, western food, fried 'kuey teow', and other local dishes," Fadzilla said when met at the launch of Jalan Lebai Ali Food Street, here, last night.

The launch was officiated by Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail. Fadzilla said the district already has various tourism offerings and Jalan Lebai Ali will add to it. "However to ensure this place becomes a tourist attraction, traders must take care of their image in terms of cleanliness, interesting food packaging, pricing and quality of the food.

"They must prioritise cleanliness because it is the main criteria in drawing a crowd," Fadzilla said. The street is also expected to help introduce local culture to foreign tourists, the MPK president added.

Rompin reels in anglers from China for sailfish challenge : August 14, 2018

KUANTAN: The 10th edition of the Fish Tales Cup China Pro Challenge comprising some 200 professional anglers from several sport-fishing associations in China kicked-off in Kuala Rompin today.

The three-day annual event attracts one of the biggest groups of anglers from China and the anglers are often accompanied by their family and friends.

The waters off Kuala Rompin is dubbed as the “Billfish Capital of Asia” where sailfish and marlins are abundant between March and September every year.

State Tourism Ministry Pahang Office general manager Datuk Idros Yahya said the arrival of groups of professional anglers from China has turned Pahang into a top destination for sailfish enthusiasts and provided a boost for the tourism industry.

He said the number of participants have been increasing steadily since the fishing expedition made its debut in 2008, which has also been described as a highly-anticipated challenge for hardcore anglers.

“Every year, groups of anglers come to Rompin solely for fishing and recreational purposes. Women and children who choose not to go out to sea go on tours to other nearby tourist destinations including Pulau Tioman and Endau-Rompin National Park.

“During their stay, the groups will take the opportunity to taste the local food in Rompin town including the famous freshwater prawn (udang galah). The current durian season will be an added attraction,” he said, adding the event was jointly organised by the Pahang Tourism and Culture Ministry (Motac).

Idros said based on the feedback from the anglers who joined the expedition here in the past, they love the excitement of reeling in the sailfish.

“Anglers will have to tackle the high leaps, somersaults and fighting spirit of the fish. They are well aware of the catch-and-release policy that we have been practising,” he said, adding that the spin-off effects were significant especially for boat and food operators throughout the event,

Idros said the country’s premier fishing event - Royal Pahang Billfish International Challenge - will be held in Kuala Rompin early next month.

After casting ballots, Sungai Kandis voters celebrate with durian feast - August 5, 2018

SHAH ALAM: Despite having braved the long queues and heat to cast their ballots in Sungai Kandis today, hundreds of voters are lining up a second time at nearby fruit stalls to get their durian fix. Speaking to the New Straits Times Press today, one durian seller in Sungai Kandis said many voters made a beeline for her stall, where she managed to sell 350kg of the pungent fruit in under three hours.

"I opened for business at 9 am and almost immediately, hundreds of people flocked to my stall after voting (at nearby polling centers)," she said, adding that she made more profit today than the past two weeks combined. Emy said her durians, which were brought in from Raub in Pahang, were sold between RM6 and RM18 a kilogram, and that she usually operated from 9 am to 1 am every day. 

"However, since most of the durians have been sold off already, we will have to close shop early," she said, adding that another lorry filled with durian was on its way to Sungai Kandis from Raub. Emy said she also plans to cast her vote at the nearby polling center in SK Jalan Kebun, located next to her shop, later today.

All things great from west Pahang under one roof : August 1, 2018

BENTONG: West Pahang Durian and Tourism Fiesta 2018 organized by the West Pahang Eco-Tourism and Leisure Farm Association will be held for three days from Aug 3 to 5 (Friday until Sunday) at the Bentong Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Jalan Chui Yin here.

The fiesta is supported by the Bentong Municipal Council, sponsored by Sunsuria Group and co-hosted by Bentong Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Bentong Walk Association and Raub Tourism Association. It features 26 stalls run by tourism entrepreneurs around western Pahang, including recreational farms, restaurants, tour agencies and local product manufacturers, while durian and food stalls will line up along Jalan Chui Yin. Organising chairman Stephen Chow Soon Chiat said the tourism and agricultural industry in western Pahang had been strengthened greatly, be it eco-tourism, resort, fruit orchard or local product, “thanks to the tireless efforts from all quarters”.“With aggressive promotion by former Bentong MP Datuk Sri Liow Tiong Lai, agriculture, eco-tourism and agri-tourism have developed rapidly in the past 10 years.

“Now it is high time for us to launch the branding campaign. The fiesta that is held for the first time this year will be turned into an annual programme to stimulate the tourism segment of western Pahang, to promote Bentong and Raub as the World Durian Capital,” he said.He added that while western Pahang was the hometown for Musang King durian, visitors would also be enchanted by the beauty of its tropical forests.“Malaysian durian is exported to all over the world, now we would like to invite friends around the world to savor durian right under the durian tree, as suggested by the Chinese ambassador to Malaysia, Bai Tian.”

Durian feasts four times a day, Asian Food Carnival, Bentong Heritage Sites Competition, Bentong Delicacies Competition, Explore Charming Western Pahang Online Competition are some of the attractive programmes lined up.A DIY Corner will also be set up in the hall, where handicraft enthusiasts may demonstrate craft-making from 2 pm to 5 pm.“Handicraft lovers are welcome to demonstrate the making of various art and crafts, such as batik, denim bag, quilt, and others. Creative businesses such as handicrafts play a major role in promoting tourism,” he added. For details, call Lee Lay Ping 012-220 9337 or Jason Pua 016-335 8663 at the secretariat.


Move to boost tourism in Pahang - July 26, 2018

KUANTAN: The Pahang government will continue to promote tourism products in Kuala Tahan and Kuala Tembeling, which are the entry points to Taman Negara, said state Tourism, Environment, Plantation, and Biotechnology Committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsuddin. He said the move was taken because tourism activities in the two areas were badly affected by the massive floods in 2014.

He said among the worst affected were homestays, resorts and motels around Kuala Tahan and Kuala Tembeling, hence priority for repair and upgrading works should be at these places.“For long-term planning, the state government will also collaborate with travel agents, boat operators at the national park, as well as the media to promote the two areas,” he said.


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