Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sabah tourism association urged to be creative

KOTA KINABALU: The Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Environment has urged the Sabah Association of Tour & Travel Agents (Satta) to be more creative in repackaging their tourism products.

“Sabahans are creative people and we should look into packaging our products in the tourism industry from another perspective and make use of whatever alternatives we have to continue attracting tourists to Sabah,” he said.

Its minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said this in his address during the Satta “Get Together” Night 2012 held at Promenade Hotel here Friday night.

He said what we had lost in one area of the tourism industry, we should try to make up in another area and this is where our concerted efforts as a team can make the difference at this trying time.

“We should all consider ourselves as players in one field. The ministry, Satta, Matta and the other tourism players should work together to create results in minimising the effects of the suspension of the direct routes to Sabah on the regional network by Malaysia Airlines (MAS) starting early this year,” the minister stated.

He said the government is grateful to Satta who had worked very hard to promote the tourism industry in the State.

“We acknowledged and appreciated the role played by Satta who had continuously brought in tourists from other regions to Sabah via other means despite the hard times we are going through,” he added.

Touching on the cancellation of the direct routes from Sabah to South Korea and Japan by MAS, Masidi said the national airlines had incurred big losses last year.

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