Thursday, September 30, 2010

More airlines coming to Sabah

KOTA KINABALU: More air routes and airlines will be coming here beginning the first quarter of next year.

Tourism, Culture & Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said at the launch of Wendy Hutton’s book entitled “Kota Kinabalu and Surrounding Areas” yesterday that the flights shall include a direct flight to Perth, Australia.

He added that Sabah is becoming a known destination and that up to July this year, the State has received a total net arrivals of 1.28 million which is an increase of about 5.3 per cent compared to last year’s figures.

About 96 per cent of the arrivals came into Sabah by air, 40 per cent of whom are repeat visitors.

Masidi also said that Sabah welcomed 26 chartered flights early this year as well as the cruise ship, Queen Victoria.

Overall, the chartered flights and the cruise ship had brought in more than 4,000 tourists, he said.

He then urged all Sabahans to become ambassadors of tourism for the State.

“Everyone has a role to play in promoting Sabah. As people of Sabah, we need to give tourists a good reflection of what Sabah is,” he said.

He also said that Kota Kinabalu continues to be one of the safest destinations for tourists in the country.

“I believe we are safer than Kuala Lumpur. Of course, every city has its problem one way or another but Kota Kinabalu is a safe and clean destination,” he said.

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