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Move to boost agro-tourism - May 25, 2017

KUANTAN: The Pahang government hopes to boost the agricultural sector in a move to promote agro-tourism.

State Rural Development, Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Committee chairman Datuk Shafik Fauzan Sharif said Pahang had various agricultural areas with the potential to be developed as tourist destinations.

For example, he said Periok, Jerantut, and Bukit Tinggi, Bentong, had aquaculture development centres; Semuji Resort in this district was an agricultural centre; Raub was famous for the Musang King durian and Temerloh was known for ikan patin.

“Agro-tourism has the potential to draw tourists, especially students on study tours and tourists from abroad.

“However, to realise this, we have to develop and maintain facilities such as accommodation and easy access,” he said.

Some of these destinations have hostel facilities but these have to be upgraded if they were to be opened to tourists so as to ensure their security and comfort, he said.

Shafik Fauzan represented State Tourism and Culture Committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsuddin in launching the Pahang 2017 edition of the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) Fair here.

Also present at the event were Tourism Pahang general manager Datuk Ishak Mokhtar; Tourism and Culture Ministry’s Pahang director Datuk Idros Yahya; Tourism Malaysia Pahang director Mohd Faharuddin Hatmin and Pahang edition MATTA Fair chairman Burhanuddin Ghazali.

Burhanuddin said the 11th edition of the Pahang MATTA Fair targeted sales of RM2mil and five million visitors over three days.

He said 56 booths had been set up to promote domestic and overseas tour packages as well as Visit Pahang Year 2017. — Bernama


32 historical sites in Pahang to be gazetted as National Heritage Sites - April 18, 2017

KUANTAN: The tourism industry in Pahang received a big boost as 32 historical sites throughout the state will soon be gazetted as National Heritage Sites to attract visitors.

Pahang Tourism and Culture committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin said the state government on Oct 5 last year had agreed for the sites to be officially gazetted under the National Heritage Act 2005 (Act 645).

He said the sites, located in 11 districts in the state, include those in former mining town Sungai Lembing, which was once the largest, longest and deepest underground tin mine.

"The Tourism and Culture Ministry, through the Heritage Commissioner, regularly hold discussions with the state government to preserve such places (heritage and historical sites) of interest which will serve as a crowd puller.

"The ministry is conducting studies to highlight various tourism products including in Kampung Budu (Lipis) and Pulau Tawar (Jerantut), which are historical sites linked with legendary Pahang warrior Mat Kilau," he said.

He was replying to a question from Lee Chean Chung(DAP-Semambu) on efforts taken by the state government to promote historical towns in the state, during the state assembly proceedings today.

On Visit Pahang Year 2017, Sharkar said the state is targeting to attract 15 million tourists this year and to generate revenue of about RM10 billion from the tourism.

He said Tourism Pahang has spent RM5 million on promotional activities at all districts in Pahang, including distributing pamphlets and conducting road shows both in Malaysia, and abroad.

Meanwhile, Felda settlers at Felda Kechau 6, Lipis, can enjoy better water supply by the end ofnext month when upgrading works at the Felda Kechau 6 water treatment plant is completed.

Replying to a question from Datuk Mustapa Long (BN-Padang Tengku), State Felda Affairs committee chairman Datuk Abu Bakar Harun said the upgrading works involved changing the raw water pump, booster transformer and panel starter.

"Once works are completed, the treatment plant will perform smoothly and help increase water quality to the people in the vicinity," he said.

He added that Felda is carrying out water supply system upgrading works in Pahang at an estimated cost of RM452 million which will help overcome water disruption problems in Felda settlements.

ECRL project necessary for Pahang's development, says Tengku Abdullah - April 12, 2017

KUANTAN: Acting Regent of Pahang Tengku Mahkota Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah described the high-impact East Coast Rail Line project (ECRL) as an initiative which is necessary for the development of the state.

He congratulated Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for securing the investment from China, saying it would boost the economy and create job opportunities for the people in Pahang.

"The spin-off effects will certainly benefit the state (Pahang) and I hope contractors from the state will also seize the chance to enjoy some benefits (by participating in the construction of ECRL)," he said in his speech when opening the 13th State Legislative Assembly sitting in Wisma Sri Pahang today.

Tengku Abdullah said he also agreed with the recommendation by Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob when tabling the 2017 state budget (last year) that the state should explore new resources as it can no longer rely only on land, forest and water for revenues.

He said, apart from implementing development projects that can promise positive economic impact, importance should be also given to preserving the environment.

"I would like to remind the government to give priority to environmental conservation efforts in all development plans. High risk areas such as hilly areas, rivers and water resources should be taken into consideration when implementing development projects.

"A good and clean environment can help promote tourism in the state and continued tourism activities can help establish a progressive economy," he said.

Visit Pahang Year 2017: Jan, Feb record arrival of more than 2 mil tourists - April 17, 2017

KUANTAN: Visit Pahang Year 2017 has shifted into high gear, evident with an increase in visitors at six major destinations throughout the state. Some 2.23 million travellers have dropped by the state in the first two months alone, this year.

State Tourism and Culture Committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin said Genting Highlands remained as the most popular destination with 1.79 million visitors going to the highlands resort compared to 1.71 million visitors in the corresponding period last year.

Replying to a written question from Fong Koong Fuee (BN-Cheka), Sharkar said Fraser Hill in Raub recorded a significant percentage increase of 1.74 with some 26,000 making their way to the colonial hill station compared to 19,000 last year.

“Some 347,000 visited Kuantan, 37,443 went to Cherating, Pulau Tioman attracted 14,926 tourists, while 13,193 visitors went to Taman Negara,” he said, adding that last year, the first two months only saw 1.82 million people visiting the six destinations.

Replying to another question from Andansura Rabu (Pas-Beserah) on efforts to boost tourist arrival in Cherating, Sharkar said the state government has teamed up with various agencies to improve the facilities and infrastructures at the famous beach.

“Traditional chalet operators should make an effort to reap the benefits from the tourist arrival during Visit Pahang Year 2017 and look into ways to turn the beach into a popular destination. The beach can be become famous like Bali in Indonesia,” he said.

Najib hails Visit Pahang Year 2017 as major boost for economy - January 20, 2017

KUANTAN: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak praised the official launch of Visit Pahang Year 2017 here tonight, describing it as a major boost for the economy. In a brief video teleconference witnessed by a 5,000-strong crowd at the open parking lot of the Urban Transformation Centre(UTC) here, Najib said the Federal government places emphasis on the tourism sector to inject money into the economy. Najib expressed confidence in the state's aim of drawing 15 million visitors this year, given its succcess in previous years where Pahang had succeeded in attracting 10.5 million visitors in 2015 and 12 million last year.

"With the various diverse tourism products and extensive promotions done (since last year), there is a high chance that the tourism target can be achieved," he said. The audience laughed and clapped with approval when Najib replied to a question by acting Sultan of Pahang, Tengku Mahkota Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, on when he would be visiting the state. Najib, who is Pekan member of parliament, said he is naturally a frequent visitor to Pahang. "All the best to Pahang," Najib ended his teleconference, amidst loud cheers and applause from the audience, who sat under protective wide canopies to shelter from the rain. Earlier, acting Sultan of Pahang, Tengku Mahkota Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, officiated the launch of Visit Pahang Year 2017 here. Despite initial heavy rain at the open parking lot of the UTC here, around 5,000 people who thronged under protective wide canopies cheered as Tengku Abdullah made the declaration.

During his speech, Tengku Mahkota said that it is timely for the state government and private sector to push ahead with initiatives to attract visitors in light of the proposed building of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL). The ECRL is an ambitious rail project that aims to connect Kuala Lumpur with various parts of Pahang, Terengganu, and Kelantan. "We aim to attract 15 million visitors to Pahang this year. We hope tourists would visit every district here, and help boost the local economy," he said. He said with the latest survey showing Pahang being ranked as the third most attractive place to visit among the Malaysian states, it is high time all parties work together to make the campaign a success."This we should do under any conditions whether rain, thunder, or shine," he said to cheers from the audience.There were also brief video teleconferences by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz, who expressed confidence in the campaign to attract visitors to Pahang. Also present were Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob and state tourism and culture committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin.

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