THE proposed airport in Ipoh can be a boon to Perak’s tourism as the existing airport is under-utilised.
Locals as well as tourists and investors need hassle-free and convenient travelling in and out of Perak.
Having the airport in the Seri Iskandar area can be a catalyst for tourism growth for the surrounding areas.
It’s undeniable that Ipoh/Perak doesn't lack scenic destinations that can be promoted extensively (Pangkor, Lumut, Gua Tempurung, to name a few), so why is a new airport a waste?
As for high-rise buildings in Ipoh, I do not see why they shouldn’t be built in Ipoh.
New projects like the Ipoh Tower and Ipoh Tourism Hub beautify the skyline of Ipoh.
High-rise buildings don’t cause Ipoh’s old charm and its natural beauty to fade.
I think the new airport will not become a white elephant if there is proper planning and ambitious plans to turn Ipoh/Perak into a tourist-bound area.
A new airport as well as other infrastructure such as the Ipoh-Penang and Rawang-Ipoh double-tracking railway can bring tremendous growth as well as opportunities for many job-searching youths.
Source : STAR
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