Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Law: Tourism body will start operating soon - The Star

May 7, 2008

THE Penang Tourism Council (PTC), a new state-funded tourism council, will be set up within two weeks to handle state tourism administration and events organisation.

Taking over functions of the federal-controlled Penang Tourism Action Council (PTAC), PTC will incorporate five members from the Penang Development Corpora-tion tourism division, said state Tourism, Culture, Arts and Heritage Committee chairman Danny Law Heng Kiang.

“Tentatively, we are thinking about using the Penang Heritage Centre on Armenian Street. PTC will serve our internal administration purposes and also be a tourism information centre for tourists,” Law said.

He added that PTC’s organisa-tional structure and funding were currently being looked into and the state was also sourcing for adminis-trative staff with tourism expe-rience.

“I have met PTAC chairman Datuk Kee Phaik Cheen and we have a good understanding to co-operate in promoting Penang tourism,” he said.

However, funding was always an obstacle in organising tourism acti-vities, so the state was appealing for private companies to get involved.

“One of the first initiatives to raise funds is a Culture and Charity Night with Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas held in conjunction with his birthday on 12 July,” Law said.

The event is planned for July 9 at the Penang International Sports Arena with the proceeds going to the TYT Disaster Fund as well as various state charity organisations and the state tourism and sports funds.

“We’re inviting companies to come in as the event sponsors and we hope that businessmen will see this as an opportunity to treat their staff to a grand dinner plus entertainment.”

Ticket prices have yet to be de-cided but Law said organisers hoped to raise RM2mil.

For enquiries regarding sponsor-ship and the dinner, call Law (012-498 8630 / 04-6505136), state Tou-rism Development Committee de-puty chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo (012-4883571) or Sungai Pinang assemblyman Koid Teng Guan (016-4333038) or 04-5381110.

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