Friday, March 14, 2014

Sabah, China in win-win tourism promotion

KOTA KINABALU: The State Government will work closely with tour operators from China to create a win-win situation for both sides in the tourism industry, said Assistant Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Pang Yuk Ming.

At present, he said, Sabah has been working with officials and tour operators from China to boost the tourism industry in both places.

Pang said that when meeting with Chongqing Yangtze Gold Cruises Co. Ltd vice general manager She Yangyi, Chongqing Yangtze Gold Cruises Co. Ltd sales and marketing manager Steven Wu and China Travel Service Chongqing general manager Zhu Jie on Wednesday evening.

Also present were Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Limited district sales manager Jimmy Liew, Times Holidays Travel and Tours Sdn Bhd managing director Lawrence Wong and Times Holidays Travel and Tours Sdn Bhd sales manager Lily Chong.

Pang said China was blessed with beautiful scenery and historical sites. Pang himself has visited Chongqing and went onboard Yangtze Gold Cruises that sailed along the Three Gorges last July.

“That was a mesmerizing and memorable experience,” he said.

Pang said Chinese tourists in Sabah should visit the Three Gorges because of its scenic views and historical sites.

Meanwhile, She said a total of 136,000 passengers have gone on board the company’s Yangtze Gold Cruises last year, and that passenger traffic from Sabah and Sarawak was on an upward trend in recent years.

She said Yangtze Gold Cruises was in the top 10 list of the best automobile and ships in China, as well as being the leader in the cruise business along the Three Gorges.