Tourist Info Centre On The Go Again Print E-mail

Tourist info centre on the go again

By C.S. Nathan 

From The Star, Wednesday 30 July 2007

The Tourist Information Centre (TIC) on the Seremban-Port Dickson Highway that was closed for two months has finally re-opened its doors to the public.

Visitors, especially first-timers, will now find it much easier to get around the resort town and its popular beaches.

Now run by the Negri Sembilan Tourism Malaysia, the centre is not only an avenue for people to get information on the goings-on in Port Dickson, as they would also be able to get details on tourism events in the state and throughout Malaysia.

State Tourism Malaysia director Hishamuddin Mustafa said the centre had received busloads of tourists since its opening last Friday.

”We had many visitors from Singapore and one busload of Laoatian tourists who were keen on exploring the beaches here.

Ready to serve: The Tourist Information Centre at the R&R area along the Seremban-PD Highway is up and running again after being shut for two months.

“Many of the Singaporeans, being more familiar with PD were interested to visit fishing ‘kelongs’.

”Our job is to promote not only the sights and events here but also throughout the country and we’ll certainly do our best to achieve that,” he said.

The StarMetro had last week highlighted complaints from the public who were fed up to find the TIC closed all the time.

Previously managed by the state Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) on a rotation basis with member hotels after its launch in December last year, the centre ceased operations on May 17 after the state Tourism Malaysia office announced its intentions of taking over.

However, many people, especially PD residents are happy to see the centre up and running again with banners and posters highlighting places of interest throughout the country.

A recent visit to the TIC found the staff friendly, courteous and ever-willing to help visitors make their way around this seaside retreat.

The centre, although simply furnished, is inviting to the tired visitor and its employees were on their feet taking enquiries from visitors and providing them with information on places of interest in Port Dickson.

Hishamuddin expressed hope of working together with the local MAH chapter in future to better serve visitors to PD, be it locals or foreigners.

”We have trained staff manning the centre but in future we may rope in representatives from the state MAH too as they would be able to promote accomodation in the area,” he said.

Currently, the TIC is only open on weekends.

Operating hours are 8am-5pm (lunch break 12.15pm-2.45pm) on Friday, 9am-5pm on Saturday and 9am-1pm on Sunday.

For enquiries, call 06-672 2726 (TIC) or 06-762 4488 (Tourism Malaysia Negri Sembilan).