Sunday, December 12, 2010

Hop on, hop off bus tours plan for Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu: New tourism products are in the pipeline to make the city a preferred, tourist-friendly, hospitable and unique destination.

DBKK Advisory Board's Tourism, Culture and International Relations Committee Chairperson Datuk Nancy Ho said: "We want a 1Malaysia Tour of KK City that includes a heritage and cuisine tour, besides viewing and exploring KK on foot through a heritage walk, sightseeing on a bicycle and a Hop On, Hop Off bus tour.

"Perhaps them Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry can work with us to develop some brochures on a good 'walk map' for the city so that visitors can know KK City at a glance and visit heritage sites such as the Atkinson Clock Tower."

Asked on the progress of the bicycle route proposal from Tanjung Aru to Yayasan Sabah building, Ho said a presentation on bicycle lanes had been made to DBKK and to wait for the Mayor to announce the details.

Ho also spoke of the possibility of establishing an area where all the top restaurants and eateries are located to facilitate visitors' sampling of different varieties of local food and delicacies from the various communities.

Also in the pipeline are plans to introduce a fair price accreditation system for shops to ensure that tourists don't feel ripped off by unscrupulous traders.

"KK City Hall will be rating and accrediting shops that meet a certain standard so that tourists have complete confidence in shopping for their needs.

"We want tourists to feel that they have walked into a city that is conscientious about good and ethical service practices."

Ho said City Hall will determine the benchmark for fair price accreditation but setting the right standard takes time.

"We hope to make it happen within two years. First, we will have a team of inspectors to go round and look at some of the shops in terms of their layout, merchandising and service attitude. This is part and parcel of hospitality.

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