Monday, February 23, 2009

Historical WWII trek attracting Aussies to Sabah

MELBOURNE: Sabah is attracting an increasing number of Australian tourists, many wanting to cover the seven-day trek along the treacherous route taken by World War Two prisoners of war (PoWs) in the infamous Sandakan death march.

“Our post-war heritage listing has drawn thousands of visitors from Australia, New Zealand and Britain who have historical links with Sabah,” said Sabah Tourism Board marketing manager Noredah Othman.

More than 1,000 Australian and British PoWs were forced to march across 260km of difficult terrain and dense tropical jungle from the Sandakan prison camp to Ranau between January and March 1945.

Only six Australian PoWs survived.

“Sabah had 26,071 tourist arrivals from Australia last year, an increase of 25% from 2007 when 20,859

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