Thursday, 9 March 2017

MALAYSIA: City Hall Tourism Unit To Remove Kelab Sultan Suleiman Gallery From Tourism Brochures

KUALA Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) Tourism Unit will remove the Kelab Sultan Suleiman Gallery (KSSG) from its tourism brochures promoting the Jalan-Jalan @ Kampung Baru guided tour, and other promotional materials.

Its Tourism Bureau general manager, Khairul Anuar Mhd Juri, said the unit was discussing on what to do about the club, which had attracted negative feedback from netizens, since its dilapidated state was highlighted in the media.

“We cannot do anything about the promotional materials that have already been printed, but for the next batch we will remove all mention of the club,’’ said Khairul Anuar.

“The walk (Kampung Baru guided walk) is very successful but with feedback from the tour guides and residents, we need to do something to resolve the problem, and are working on what is the right thing to do,’’ Khairul Anuar added.

KSSG is one of the sites included in DBKL’s tourism brochures.

Khairul Anuar was speaking to reporters at the launch of the third edition of the Kuala Lumpur Mayor’s Tourism Awards 2017(KLMTA2017) at the Tourism Unit office at Jalan Tangsi, Kuala Lumpur.

StarMetro recently reported that KSSG, a replica of the original 116-year-old Kelab Sultan Suleiman building, was built in 2007 at a cost of RM1.2mil now lies in a dilapidated state after the National Heritage Department pulled out funding for the club two years ago.

Kampung Baru residents said the building had attracted drug addicts, and they wanted the local authority to take action.

Meanwhile, this year’s KLMTA2017 will feature 28 awards in eight categories.

The gala dinner and awards presentation is on May 24.

The inclusion of awards for the best food courts and food centres alongside the award for fine dining and home grown restaurants are newly introduced this year.

“In recent years, Kuala Lumpur has been positioned as a food destination and efforts have been underway to make it an international culinary destination.

“We thought it appropriate to broaden the spectrum of awards for dining establishments,’’ said its organising chairman Tan Sri Dr Ong Hong Peng.

Another new category is for education tourism with an award for the best local institution of higher education that achieved a level of excellence in attracting foreign students to our city,’’ Ong added.

Categories include accommodation, dining, tourist attraction, shopping, medical tourism, education tourism and the mayor’s commendable awards for front liners and for outstanding contribution.

Nomination for the categories will be open until March 31.

There will be three types of nomination including self-nomination, third party nominations, and direct invitation to participate in the programme.