Friday, October 30, 2015

Sabah attractions now included in Google Maps

Kota Kinabalu: Masidi said the Google maps Street View Sabah attractions which is the fruit of cooperation between Google Malaysia and Sabah Tourism Board will showcase the State's many destinations to the world and is expected to increase tourism in the State by introducing the State's attractions to people worldwide.

Google Street View Operations Lead for Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand Nhazlisham Hamdan, said that Google today introduced a major update to Google Maps in Malaysia by launching Street View imagery of Sabah's numerous local attractions for locals as well as people from around the world to use, search and enjoy.

Nhazlisham said after launching Street View imagery of public roads in East Malaysia in July and Peninsular Malaysia last year, a special collection of Sabah's world famous peak and renowned islands and natural attractions now join Google Street View on Google Maps.

The imagery was captured via the Street View Trekker, Google's wearable backpack-mounted camera system.

The main highlight of this Street View imagery collection is the country's tallest mountain, Mount Kinabalu located at Kinabalu Park which was collected with the assistance of the Sabah Tourism Board.

The world heritage site is well-known for its tremendous botanical and biological species biodiversity that includes plants of Himalayan, Australasian and Indo-Malayan origin, the gigantic Rafflesia plant and the orangutan.

The spectacular imageries of the "Land Below the Wind" now join other special Malaysian collections that showcase Mulu Caves, Taman Negara, Pangkor and Langkawi, among others. Other prominent locations on Sabah's list of attractions include Kapalai Island, Mabul Island and Mantanani Island.

Nhazlisham said the availability of Street View for Sabah's beautiful nature attractions for the very first time makes Google Maps more useful, comprehensive and enjoyable for Malaysians and everyone else interested in discovering more about Sabah's natural heritage sites.

"We are always keen to expand the locations covered by Street View an+d are particularly excited about bringing more of Malaysia into our service," he added. "We want to showcase the beauty of our own country and attract more visitors to visit and enjoy our beautiful country"