Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Terengganu’s heritage trail to involve use of trishaw

Heritage Trail is a new tourism attraction using the trishaw for sightseeing in Terengganu.
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KUALA TERENGGANU: Heritage Trail, a new tourism attraction using the trishaw for sightseeing, will be introduced in Terengganu to help increase trishaw riders’ income.

State Tourism, Culture and Communications Committee chairman Ariffin Deraman said several suitable locations were being identified, such as Dataran Shahbandar, Kampung Cina, Istana Maziah, Pasar Payang and Pulau Warisan for the Heritage Trail.

“This is part of the state government’s efforts to attract the younger generation to become trishaw riders, with a special incentive scheme to be introduced.

“Currently, in Terengganu there are 47 registered trishaw riders who are mostly senior citizens aged between 60 and 80 years who make this occupation their source of income,” he said after handing out an incentive to the trishaw riders here.

Before this, the trishaw riders each received a motor and battery to ease their labour.

Their trishaws are also being used as an advertising medium by state government-linked companies.

Ariffin, who is also Alor Limbat assemblyman, said young people interested to become trishaw riders would be given guidance and relevant courses such as basic English and on ethics.

“The trishaw is an unique attraction that can boost tourism in Terengganu. We will think of suitable ways to make them more attractive for tourists, like adding decorations and audio system,” he said.

On the targeted tourist arrivals in Terengganu this year, he said it would be the same as last year’s, at five million.

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