Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Double digit increase in tourist arrivals to Sabah

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah is anticipating substantial growth in its tourism sector following decision by Malaysia Airlines (MAS) to make Kota Kinabalu their eastern hub.

State Tourism, Culture & Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said there has been a double digit increase in Sabah’s tourist arrivals over the last six months, a good indication that the industry is still growing fast.

And with the introduction of new flights and better planes to be based here under the eastern hub project, he said there will be even more significant growth in the State’s tourism sector.

“Both Sabah and Sarawak will gain from this move and it is certainly an encouraging development that will further boost the tourism industry in both states.

We will continue to talk with MAS to further improve the connectivity in Sabah by having more flights to other destinations, not only to main cities in northern Asia but Australia as well,” said Masidi at a press conference to announce MAS’ plan.

The national carrier yesterday announced its intention to make Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) their second hub, in addition to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) which has long served as their operational centre.

Masidi said in line with the MAS plan, and in order to fully tap the potential for further growth in tourism, Sabah needs to further enhance capability in providing the services and expertise needed both by the arriving tourists and airlines industry.

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