Published: Friday, 16 June 2017 08:59
KUANTAN: The 160km Kuantan Century Ride is back after taking a hiatus, last year, but is renamed Visit Pahang Century Ride 2017 (VIPCR17) in conjunction with Visit Pahang 2017.
State Tourism and Culture Committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin said the upcoming event on July 9, was expected to attract 1,000 cyclists.
At present, 600 cyclists have signed up. He said this year the 160km distance would cover areas in the Kuantan, Maran and Pekan districts compared to the previous events where the ride was within Kuantan only.
Mohd Sharkar said the event carried the concept of “by riders for riders” as it was organised by the Pahang Cyclist Association and recognised by the National Cycling Federation of Malaysia under the cycling for all programme.
He said among the international cyclists who have booked their berths were Singaporeans, Japanese, Chinese, Britons, Canadians, Germans and South Africans.
“There are also cyclists from Bangladesh who have confirmed participation and we expect more foreign participants as well as locals,” Mohd Sharkar said after chairing a meeting involving volunteers and sponsors of the event here.
Tourism and Culture Ministry Pahang director Datuk Idros Yahya and Tourism Pahang general manager Datuk Ishak Mokhtar were also present.
Mohd Sharkar said medals, trophies and other kinds of tokens of appreciation would be given out to cyclists as the event was not a race.
He said there would be five main water stations throughout the route which would begin from Bukit Gambang Resort City, passing through Lepar, Felcra Sri Makmur, Kampung Belimbing, Kampung Serengkam, Kuala Sentul, Lubuk Ujid, Maran town, Kampung Luit, Kampung Sri Jaya and back to the resort city.
Mohd Sharkar said the state government was thankful to the main organiser and its sponsors, including Pasdec Corporation, UMW Toyota, Motors, 100 Plus isotonic drink, Ranger the energy food supplier, tourism magazines Santai Travel and Gaya Travel, telecommunications company Red One and also the government agencies involved.
He said villagers, through their security and development committees had volunteered to handle the event in their respective villages while some would also take part as cyclists.
Mohd Sharkar said there was no age limit as the ride was based on the concept of fun, family bonding and the whole tourism experience.
Published: Tuesday, 25 April 2017 15:32
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.