Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Courses for cabbies to guide tourists

As frontliners in the tourism industry, taxi drivers must increase their knowledge on tourism products apart from learning English for their jobs.

Pahang Tourism Action Council general manager Idrus Yahya said it would be disappointing for foreign tourists to take rides around town without learning much about the destinations if taxi drivers don't know about the localities.

“When we visit other countries, we are glad when taxi drivers are helpful enough to show us interesting places and provide historical information,” Idrus said after opening a one-day course on tourism products for 85 taxi drivers from Kuantan, Temerloh and Bera districts here on Friday.

Idrus said the council conducted the courses in stages.

Soon, the council would hold similar courses for taxi drivers in Bentong, Raub, Lipis and Cameron Highlands, he added.

Idrus said the state had allocated and spent funds for the tourism sector to improve, upgrade and maintain their products.

He said the programmes were progressively implemented to create a better image for the products and increase number of visitors to the state.

Idrus said that RM64mil had been allocated for upgrading and maintaining 73 tourism projects in the state.

This includes RM4mil for the construction of parking lots in Cameron Highlands, RM20mil for upgrading and maintaining Bukit Fraser in Raub, RM5.7mil for Tasik Cini conservation work and maintenance of its research centre and RM2.6mil to improve homestay programmes.

Idrus said that Pahang would organise an eco-challenge and 4X4 expedition from Tasik Bera (in Bera district) to Tasik Cini (in Pekan district) in August to draw interest in the environment among tourists and boost Tasik Bera as a wetland conservation area.

Source : STAR
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