Tuesday, April 26, 2011

707,458 tourists toured Labuan last year

LABUAN: Labuan is yet to enjoy tourism returns despite the huge spending to pay for tourism infrastructures.

Deputy Tourism Minister Datuk Dr James Davos Mamit said only 707,458 tourists including 74,499 foreign visitors toured the island last year.

“Although the number of arrivals is increasing, the yields generated from the tourism industry have not been able to cover the money spent by the ministry to build tourism facilities on the island,” he said.

Dr James said that it was high time for the tourism players to introduce more tourism products especially in the area of marine tourism.

“We can use this platform to turn Labuan into main tourist destination,” he said in his speech at the opening of the national Water Festival held at the International Water Sports Complex here.

He said the annual water festival must be aggressively promoted so that it could be associated with Labuan.

This year, more than 540 participants are taking part in the Labuan International Sea Challenge and among them are teams from New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei, India and Singapore.

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