Thursday, July 26, 2012

New attractions doing wonders for Sabah tourism

BIRD watching, rock climbing, hiking, paragliding, homestays, mountain bike rides, jungle trekking, cultural events and seafood, to name a few.

These are probably some of the reasons why the tourism industry has remained vibrant in Sabah.

The Mount Kinabalu National Park, Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary, Sukau, as well as the islands within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park in Kota Kinabalu and Tun Sakaran Marine Park in Semporna, in the meantime, continue to play the role as the state’s anchor products.

But it’s the growing popularity of new attractions that is helping Sabah maintain the growth in tourist arrivals each year.

Seasoned tour guide and operator Tham Yau Kong said for years, the tourism mainstay centred around Mount Kinabalu, diving, the orang utans in Sepilok and wildlife safari in Sukau.

“But over the years, new activities are attracting tourists and keeping the industry busy,” he said, noting that most of the new attractions are nature or culture-based activities.

“Eco-tourism is the best bet for Sabah as it is blessed with beautiful natural surroundings,” said Tham, who specialises in mountain bike expeditions, the Sandakan-Ranau Death March and more recently, motorbike excursions.

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