Bring visitors back with guided pedicab tours
Now that international travelers are returning, hospitality and tourism players in Penang are doing all they can to provide them with better experiences.
One such initiative is the Penang on 3 Wheels (P3W) rickshaw rides offered by M Summit 191 Executive Hotel Suites as part of its Stay and Ride package.
Besides accommodation, guests will enjoy a two-hour ride around the city to explore heritage sites, traditional crafts and wall art, as well as sample street food.
Hotel general manager Moh Wei Ken said at the P3W launch that the main goals were to promote George Town’s unique attractions while supporting trishaw drivers who have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. 19.
“The tourism industry is slowly recovering, but we still need to make an extra effort to entice tourists back to Penang.
“We believe many will enjoy seeing the city in a different light through this traditional mode of transportation,” Wei Ken said.
Highlights of the ride include Ernest Zacharevic’s famous “Kids on a Bicycle” and “Boy on a Chair” murals, Chew Jetty, Sia Boey Urban Archaeological Park, and Beach Street Fire Station.
Tourists will also be taken to Armenian Street where they can visit Acheen Street Mosque, Cheah Kongsi Temple, Dr Sun Yat Sen Museum and Khoo Kongsi Temple. They can also stop to eat in cafes.
Managing Director and Founder of M Summit Group, Datuk Albert Moh, said, “This P3W package allows each guest to help pedicab drivers earn a living.
“These trishaw drivers are part of Penang’s living heritage.”
Penang tourism and creative economy committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin hailed the initiative, saying it would help pedicab drivers make ends meet.
He also announced that the state government would continue to provide monthly support of RM200 to runners.
Previously, his office, through collaborations with non-governmental organizations, oversaw a vaccination program, free health checks and license renewals for pedicab drivers.
Yeoh, Albert and Wei Ken also launched the hotel’s Heritage Lane which features a trio of murals.
A mural titled “Squatting for Teochew Porridge” depicts the stall along Magazine Road where customers squat on benches to eat.
The second mural ‘Kopi Peng with 5 Stars’ shows a push cart run by Everling Ang selling iced coffee on nearby Noordin Street, while ‘When Trams Ran in Penang’ dates back to the early 1900s when lines trams crisscrossed the city.
During the launch, Yeoh and Albert pointed out a convoy of trishaws carrying guests and hotel staff.