Kota Kinabalu: There will always be a shortage of hotel rooms in Sabah for tourists and visitors, said State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister, Datuk Masidi Manjun.
In fact, he said, it is good news for Sabah as it indicates that many people keep coming to the State.
"Actually our shortage of rooms is getting better. In the past we did face a shortage of 10,000 rooms but now it is between 2,500 and 4,000 rooms following many resorts, hotels and other types of accommodation being built," he said when launching the Grand Borneo Hotel at 1Borneo hypermall, Thursday.
Also present were Mayor Datuk Iliyas Ibrahim, Sabah Tourism Board Chairman Dato Seri Tengku Zainal Adlin, the hotel's Chairman Peter Wong L.S., its Managing Director Francis Wong L.T., its General Manager Fritz Klug and other officials.
"Actually, when looking at the trend now, there is a need for more high-end hotels in Sabah.
"And we still need more hotels in Sandakan and Tawau that have tourism potential. Another district I see will develop the fastest is Lahad Datu due to the development of the Palm Oil Industrial Cluster (POIC) in the area," he said.
On Grand Borneo Hotel, Masidi described the 4-star hotel as good news for the State's tourism industry as it has added 325 rooms in Sabah to cater to domestic and international tourists.
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