Thursday, July 01, 2010

Sabah needs more flights to boost tourism

The Sabah Tourism Board has urged airline operators to open up more routes to the state to help boost its domestic tourism. Its chairman Datuk Seri Tengku Zainal Adlin Tengku Mahamood said for instance, currently there was only one daily flight from Penang to Sabah.

“We certainly need more flights not only domestically but also internationally because Sabah is rich in nature tourism destinations like the Kinabalu Park and the world-class diving spot of Sipadan Island,” he told reporters at the Sabah Labuan Corporate Travel Bazaar here yesterday.

He said Sabah was also ready for more tourist arrivals with the upgrading of the Kota Kinabalu International Airport to accommodate around 12 million passengers annually compared to less than five million at the moment.

“Our airport will be in full operation in August and we hope that it will boost the state’s tourism,” he said.

He said Sabah recorded 525,907 tourist arrivals during the January-April period this year or an increase of about 4 per cent over the 505,732 arrivals recorded during the same period last year.

Continue reading at: Sabah needs more flights to boost tourism

No comments: