KOTA KINABALU: The verdict is out: Sabah is getting more popular among tourists as their numbers burst the projected figure for last year.
State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said the number of tourist arrivals last year shot to 2,478,443. “It has overshot our targeted figure of 2.3 million,” said the delighted Masidi.
The figure showed an increase of 7.8 per cent more than the projected figure. It is 18.5 per cent more than the arrivals in 2006 which saw a record number of 2,091,658 arrivals then.
Masidi said that international arrivals accounted for 987,660, a 31.5 % jump over the 2006 figure of 750,923.
At the same time, there were 1,490,783 domestic arrivals last year, an increase of 11.2 % over the 2006 figure of 1,340,735.
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