Ipoh City ranked sixth most attractive destinations in Asia to visit by "Lonely Planet", a travel portal in the world. Among the criteria to be considered as recognition of the existence of hipster cafes that grow around the town of Ipoh, especially in the Old Town and New Town.

 Actually, the recognition that we have obtained from the "Lonely Planet" is not happening suddenly or accidentally without any control from the MBI as local authorities. It is a result of long-term planning that far through a series of development plans that have been prepared. Although development plans that serve as a guide for controlling the development has changed several times, but has continuity with the concept of continuing to maintain the building's historic value and architectural and urban heritage. Policies to maintain the facade of the existing building in selected areas, especially in the Old Town area also continued.

Ipoh City Planning has begun since British rule in which "Ipoh (Kinta) Town Plan B3" or better known as B3 Plan was gazetted on 10 April 1931. It was made under the Town Board Enactment and Ipoh is the first local authority in Malaya in Malay States with urban planning. While Singapore was the first under the Straits Settlements or the Straits Settlement with urban planning. Administration Federated Malay States and the Federated Malay States Federated not be separated from the Straits Settlements. Ipoh Structure Plan gazetted in 1991 has listed 22 historic buildings to be retained in addition to the provision of guidelines for the maintenance of building facades and uniformity.

Local Plan Ipoh Central Planning Area was gazetted in 1997 also has listed 13 buildings to be preserved and maintained while providing several rows of police in order to maintain a uniform facades. Policies and guidelines as well as the listing of the old building continues in development plans after this like Ipoh Local Plan Special Area Plan 2020 and the town of Ipoh City Heritage tin 2020.

Now that there is an increased awareness and interest in maintaining the identity of the old building which has been proven to increase the market value of real estate or rental property. Based on these factors, the control to maintain the uniformity of the facade of the building and now has the support and cooperation of building owners. Ipoh still has a number of pre-war building, or pre-war buildings in Malaysia and the second largest after the Georgetown, Penang. As a local authority, MBI will take the opportunity to change the current trend to intensify its business, tourism in the Old Town area by providing incentives and help coordinate the activities of operators in the region.

Hopefully Ipoh City will be known not only in Asia but also the world.