Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Second super yacht cruises into Sabah, Malaysia

Kota Kinabalu: Super yacht Georgia, a 48.5m world cruising performance cutter, has arrived for a week's holiday to Sabah, the second super yacht to travel through Sabah waters in three months.

It has been cruising Asian waters for several months and would depart Sabah for Bali and from there to Australia.

A full itinerary for the passengers, which includes land-based tours throughout Sabah, including Sukau, Mt Kinabalu, Maliau Basin and Kudat, is being managed by Touchdown Holidays Sdn Bhd.

The super yacht began its Sabah cruise at Pulau Tiga and would be sailing from here around the Tip of Borneo to Sandakan and Sipadan.

Sabah Tourism Board Chairman, Tengku Datuk Adlin, said seeing the super yacht on anchor off the city gave substance to what the board had been doing and showed their efforts have been worthwhile.

"Sabah Tourism supports the growth of marine tourism, and recognises the positive impact that this sector has on our economy and tourism growth in general," he said.

Meanwhile, Touchdown Holidays Managing Director, Phil Dobson, said the visit was a clear indication of the opportunity that exists for Sabah to develop properly managed marine tourism.

"If we focus efforts on marine tourism and expose the beauty of our cruising waters, visiting yachts and super yachts in the vein of Georgia and our last visitor, Yanneke Too, will come to our shores," he said.

Courtesy of Daily Express