Sunday, May 08, 2011

Welcome Increase In Sabah's Japanese Tourist Arrivals

PENAMPANG -- Japanese tourist arrivals in Sabah recorded a surprising 32.3 per cent increase in the first three months of this year as compared to the same period last year.

This came despite an anticipated decline, following the tsunami and earthquake disasters in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said Japan tourist arrivals went up from the previous 6,502 arrivals to 8,601.

In general, he said, short and medium haul tourist arrivals had shown positive growth in the first quarter results.

"Long haul markets like Europe, indicated a slight drop due to the increase in fuel price and most airlines surcharges that have somehow affected the long haul travellers.

"Also, probably coupled with a severe winter, the Europeans decided to stay home instead of travelling.

"But suprisingly, the first quarter results for regional and domestic arrivals have shown very good results," Masidi told reporters after closing the Traditional Food Festival here Sunday.

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