Thursday, May 14, 2015

Kota Kinabalu International Airport expands role with ‘Cheerful Campaign’

KOTA KINABALU: The Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) is set to do more beyond the functions of an airport, hosting cultural performances, artwork exhibitions and historical artifacts displays, through its Cheerful Campaign.

Organised in collaboration with agencies under the Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry, the performances and exhibitions would be held periodically, said Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun.

“The Sabah Cultural Board, State Museum and Sabah Art Gallery will all be working together with Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad (MAHB) to make this happen. We thank MAHB for their responsiveness towards our suggestion to make KKIA as the leading airport in bringing about changes on the types of activities that can be held at airports.

“We believe this will add value to KKIA’s image and role,” said Masidi, after launching the KKIA Cheerful Campaign at KKIA here yesterday.

He added such effort was apt considering KKIA’s position as the gateway to the state, making it important to set good impressions on tourists, “and to give them an idea of what Sabah is all about.”

Masidi further said the state government had urged that Malaysia Airports ensured that existing airport facilities were in good condition at all times so that normal airport operations would not be disrupted.

He also said the state government had proposed that the MAHB top management should allocate some traditional funds for KKIA to organise events during festive seasons such as Chinese New Year, Harvest Festival, Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Chrismas.

“I hope Malaysia Airports and other tourist industry players will be able to work together to materialise these events,” he said.