Thursday, August 12, 2010

Interior attractions to be added to Sabah tourism calendars

Keningau: Tourism products in the Interior will be upgraded and added into the State and national tourism calendars, said Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun.

"This is so that more tourists will visit the Interior, particularly Keningau as the centre of tourism in the Interior," he said when opening the Pusat Restoran Pelancongan Pedalaman (Interior Tourism Restaurant Centre), Wednesday.

Also present were District Officer Amat Mohd Yusof, Liawan UPKR Rosdi Padiman and Pensiangan Umno deputy chief, Ahuar Rasam.

On other developments, Masidi said the Government would upgrade the World War II Memorial to attract more Chinese, British and American visitors to the Interior.

According to him, the number of Taiwanese visitors to Keningau in the last six months increased by 50 per cent compared to the same period last year.

He urged Chinese leaders here to look for ways to attract more counterparts from Taiwan and China to visit Keningau.

At the same time, Masidi said, the Government would be studying the potentials of the Crocker Range, Bandukan Park and Laing Cave in Bingkor.

He said the Government would consider the proposal by District Officer Amat Mohd Yusof for the Government to privatise the three tourism products.

Also to be considered, he said, is tour packages to the Interior, which would ensure tourists stay in the Interior for between two and three days instead of only one day.

"The Government will restructure the packages so that the tourists would have more time to spend in the Interior and visit the tourist products and subsequently benefit operators of hotels, taxis, buses, rest houses, handicraft and also fruit sellers," he said.

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