KOTA KINABALU: With more than two decades experience in promoting and marketing tourism to over 70 countries worldwide, Touchdown World Travel Group sees a crystal clear image of Sabah as a future world-class tourism destination.
“Sabah is diversely blessed with all the natural elements of dramatic beauty for it to qualify in principle for a world-class status,” Touchdown World Travel Group and Asia Extreme Group of Companies which manages the newly open high-end class restaurant called “@mosphere” said.
Speaking at the opening of the outlet here Wednesday night, its managing director Phil Dobson said Sabah’s potential is huge and diverse.
“Our Group believes to become a world-class famous destination, with all sectors of tourism working efficiently and successfully for the state economy, we need a super high-end tourism sector in Sabah,” he said.
Phil said this super high-end sector would attract the rich and famous to Sabah’s shores and as a result would bring fame and awareness for Sabah across the globe.
This in turn, he said would benefit all other sectors of tourism from backpackers through to five-star hotels.
“And this means Sabah will be very much in the driving seat and can control the influx of its visitors and tourism revenues to suit the states desires,” Phil said.
According to him, this control could and should ensure that Sabah’s natural beauty and its pristine environment is protected at all times.
Phil said the @mosphere restaurant in Menara Tun Mustapha is a prime example of a move in this direction and is also a clear indication of international private sector tourism developers working closely and synergistically with the Sabah Government.
“We suggest it is a signal to other international high-end tourism investors that the state government welcomes such high-end development in Sabah, are keen to do business, and that things can move quickly and efficiently in Sabah in this regard,” he said adding that the management also hope it would encourage further development by others in this sector.
Phil said @mosphere is considered a tourism restaurant but also equally it is an affordable restaurant for Sabahans who can enjoy fine dining.
Furthermore, he said the restaurant’s primary goal was to bring a dynamic cutting-edge dining experience to Sabah, providing a new alternative for the community.
“Kota Kinabalu has come a long way in the past few years, and we wanted to follow this direction and bring a fresh face to this landmark restaurant in the most iconic building in Sabah…It has been fulfilling for all of us to work on such a grand project, especially since our community shares so many memories about it and seems to be excited to see it revived in such a manner,” he added.
Courtesy of New Sabah Times