Friday, April 16, 2010

Sabah now has 443 hotels compared to 2005

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s tourism is booming with the State now having 443 hotels compared to only 279 hotels in 2005.

With 18,065 rooms available up to last year, the number of visitors has also increased to nine million compared to only seven million in 2005.

Head of State Tun Haji Ahmadshah Abdullah said the tourism boom was felt despite the global economic downturn.

In his policy speech at the opening of the State Legislative Assembly sitting, here yesterday, Ahmadshah said that Sabah has also become well-connected with 108 international flights now available to 13 destinations up to last year compared to only 78 flights.

He also said that the agriculture sector had experienced growth with more land taken up for agriculture.

“In 2008, we have 1.48 million hectares of agricultural land compared to only 1.41 million hectares in 2006,” he said adding that the increase was due to the growth of oil palm cultivation which rose to 1.33 million hectares in 2008 from 1.24 million hectares in 2006.

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