Pahang Sports Tourism
Sports tourism is believed will help Tourism Pahang attract more visitors to the state to achieve its target of bringing in 10 million tourists to the state this year.  Tourism Pahang general manager Datuk Ishak Mokhtar said organising sporting activities at tourist destinations was an ideal way to promote them to both local and foreign tourists.

Ishak cited the recent 2015 Kuantan Half Marathon as an example, in which the trail covered Tanjung Lumpur, a popular destination for seafood and grilled fish. “Among other sporting activities which will take place during this year are Kuantan Century Ride, which is a 160-kilometre cycle race on June 7, that will also introduce the uniqueness of Pekan as Pahang’s royal town.

“The Gunung Tahan Challenge will take place from August 29 to 30, while the Merapoh Forest Run on Oct 31, aims at promoting Merapoh as the second entrance to Taman Negara, after Kuala Tahan,” he told reporters after the run here, Sunday. Ishak was also confident that organising sporting activities could attract tourists, citing the attendance of 900,000 visitors to Pahang when they hosted the Sukma Games in 2012.

“Their arrival will also help boost the local economy and related industries such as hospitality, because they will definitely choose to stay the night here, as sporting events will begin in the early morning,” he said.

Commenting on the Kuantan Half Marathon 2015, Ishak said a total of 2,500 participants took part in three categories, that is 21km, 10km, and the 5km-‘Fun Race’ which was introduced this year. A total of 121 international participants also took part, with 35 people from Singapore, followed by the British (23 people), Indonesians (12), Taiwanese (9) and Australians (6).

Pesta Laut Pangkor Lumut 2015
The Pangkor Lumut Sea Festival is one of Perak’s tourism products capable of attracting domestic and international tourists, Perak Arts and Culture Committee chairman Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi said on Saturday 30th May 2015.  She said the annual event always received encouraging response, which was in line with the state’s objective of promoting and strengthening the tourism sector.

“The festival is one of Perak’s ‘signature’ event held every mid year and is a high-impact tourism programme, especially in boosting the economy of local residents,” she said when opening the festival at Dataran Putra Friday night. The Perak government, she said, welcomed the hosting of such an event as a medium to promote the state and place it on the world tourism map. Also present were Manjung Municipal Council president Datuk Zamri Man and Pasir Panjang Assemblyman Datuk Rashidi Ibrahim.

The four-day Pangkor-Lumut Sea Festival 2015 is an annual event organised by Manjung Municipal Council and Perak Tourism.  Besides games, like beach sport and telematch, there will also be karaoke contest and ice-carving demonstration, as well as food fair and exhibition by government agencies, like the Royal Malaysian Navy, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency and Tourism Malaysia.