Saturday, March 21, 2009

Sabah working with Brunei on tourism

Kota Kinabalu: Sabah Tourism and Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) have sealed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to identify areas of collaboration for mutual benefit, said Tourism, Environment and Culture Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun.

He said the decision was made after he met with the Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade for Brunei Darussalam, Pehin Lim Jock Seng during his recent visit to the Sultanate.

It was also decided that the MoU would be followed up immediately with a meeting between officers from both sides and its outcome made known as soon as possible.

Met after launching Royal Selangor's School of Hard Knocks Pewtersmithing Workshop at 1Borneo near here Friday, Masidi said the meeting would basically focus on specific steps to be taken for mutual benefits.

"Sabah Tourism acknowledges the major contribution of Royal Brunei Airlines in bringing tourists from Australia and Indonesia," he said, adding that other means to increase arrivals from these two countries were also being looked at.

Currently, the RBA has a fleet of 10 airplanes but Masidi was made to understand there are plans for RBA to increase its fleet, which obviously would indirectly benefit Sabah.

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