Sunday, March 11, 2007

Sabah has lots to offer Brunei visitors

By Amin Hosni

In conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2007, the Sabah Tourism Board aims to target a total tourist arrival of 2.7 million with hopes of attracting more visitors from Brunei.

The Sabah Tourism Board said in 2006, the total number of tourist arrival in Sabah was 2,091,658. People from Brunei Darussalam, being the top visitors to Sabah, amounted to 67,464 in 2006. There was an increase of 15.2% from previous year in 2005 with total tourist arrival of 58,544.

During the opening of the first Sabah Consumer Travel Fair yesterday at The Mall, Gadong, Sabah Tourism Deputy Chairman, Datuk Sari Sahut, said Sabah has lots to offer visitors from Brunei.

A video presentation of tourism products was shown to the public including invited guests from the public, private sectors and embassies as well as expatriates.

Booths introducing hotels, souvenirs and tourism products are also set up to get a better view of Sabah.

The public also has the chance to participate in quizzes and lucky draws that come with fantastic prizes.

The objective of the consumer travel fair is to help boost tourist arrivals in Sabah. Sabah Tourism Board wishes to position Sabah as the preferred destination for business and leisure.

Due to high tourist arrivals from Brunei in the past few years, Sabah Tourism Board would like to show its appreciation and gratitude by coming to Brunei to update the people with the newest and upcoming products available in Sabah and to provide the best tour deals that are specially tailored to Bruneian consumers.

Besides this, Sabah Tourism Board also looks forward to having a vast network of tourism players with consumers in order to foster stronger cooperation in the future.

The fair is expected to attract Bruneians of all ages to witness the exposition of what Sabah has to offer. The consumer travel fair will end today.

Source: Borneo Bulletin Sunday

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