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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 | MYT 12:00 AM

Ipoh's Majestic Walk too gloomy for business

THERE are only two stalls left promoting Perak’s tourism products at Majestic Walk in Ipoh’s Railway Station.

Initially there were four stalls, but two had to be closed due to poor business.

Launched sometime in November, the bazaar was set up by Kelab Bakti Gunung Kledang with KTMB Bhd to solely promote and sell the state’s tourism products.

A total of 11 stalls had been set up along the corridor of the station, and there were talks of more stalls likely to be opened.

During the launch, Tourism Perak chairman Datuk Kamil Shafie said the concept was introduced to promote the state’s tourism products to domestic and foreign tourists.

He said the traders were given a year’s contract to operate at the corridors, and once renovation of the Majestic Hotel was completed, they were supposed to moved into the hotel’s lobby.

However, a salesperson of one of the stalls who only wanted to be known as Lim, said except on weekends and public holidays, business was very slow.

“There are lots of mosquitoes in the area and renovation work at the Majestic Hotel has yet to start.

One of the two remaining stalls at Majestic Walk.
One of the two remaining stalls at Majestic Walk.

“The place can get very gloomy so if more lights were added as well as a fresh coat of paint, more tourists would be drawn to the place.

The other stall operator who also wished to be known as Lim, said he wished there were more stalls operating in the area.

“I am not sure when the hotel project will be completed, because that part of the section is dark.

“If the project could be completed fast, business would be better as there would be more people patronising the hotel,” he added.

A regular commuter of the Electric Train Service (ETS), Ho Fong, 68, said the place needed to be refurbished.

The local singer recalled performing at the hotel when he was only 22 years old.

“It was nostalgic and the place was magnificent at the time, but now it is so dull.

“I hope the hotel will be refurbished soon, we need to breathe some life back into this iconic building,” he said.