Thursday, November 19, 2009

15,000 visited 3 Sabah cultural villages

Kota Kinabalu: More than 15,000 locals and foreigners have visited the cultural villages of Mari-Mari in Kionsom, Inanam and Linangkit in Tuaran this year.

State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister, Datuk Masidi Manjun said these new tourism products are set to usher in more guests to savour the culture and legacy of the various ethnic groups in Sabah.

"The Mari-Mari cultural village recorded 13,196 local and international visitors as of Oct. 31 and also received a warm response from the 42 Tourism Promotion Organisation delegates in September.

"They are also expecting about 2,000 Amway delegates from Korea between Nov. 17 and Dec. 7 in conjunction with the direct marketing company's Korean incentive trip here.

"As for the Linangkit cultural village that was fully operational last May, it has received 2, 375 visitors up to Nov. 9," he told Kunak Assemblyman, Datuk Nilwan Kabang on new tourism areas being explored this year.

Apart from the new products, two hotels and a resort - Cititel Express Hotel here, Promenade Hotel in Tawau and Bunga Raya Island Resort in Police Bay, Gaya Island - were opened this year, Masidi said, adding that Sabah Tourism Board had also organised the Borneo Bird Festival to attract more visitors.

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