Sunday, November 22, 2009

RM8b Sabah tourism revenue goal

Kota Kinabalu: The State Government aims to double tourism receipts under the 10th Malaysia Plan (1011-2015) to RM8 billion and increase arrivals to 3.55 million (2.2 million domestic and 1.35 million international visitors).

State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said his Ministry in the meantime had set a target of RM4 billion in tourism receipts and 2.3 million tourist arrivals for next year, as outlined in the State budget.

"These numbers are achievable but they would definitely be far-reached and out-of-sight if we do not put our house in order. It is shared responsibility," he said at the sixth Sabah Tourism Awards ceremony at Magellan Sutera, Saturday.

According to him, the task required three major requirements - namely on the stake holders' side to enhance human resource development throughout the industry, service quality (much more than a smile on the face) and on the Government's part to continue providing basic infrastructure.

He assured that the Government would take continuous effort to improve basic infrastructure in order to facilitate, stimulate and encourage the development of new tourism products and attractions, as identified for the 10MP and under Sabah Development Corridor.

"My Ministry is committed to make it happen to work closely with the relevant ministries and agencies both Federal and State, especially with the Ministry of Tourism Malaysia and Tourism Malaysia," he said.

"We are partners and stake holders. We have a common goal - to fill the aircrafts, the hotels, tour coaches, tour boats, restaurants and sites with paying passengers and visitors," he said.

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