Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Chinese incentive groups enjoy Sabah’s hospitality

KOTA KINABALU: Some 2,000 Chinese delegates from Perfect Group, China’s top five direct selling companies experienced the Sabah’s hospitality.

The visitors who came from various parts of China including Guangzhou, Shanghai and Shenzhen ended their four-day and three-night incentive tour to Kota Kinabalu attending a sunset dinner at the foyer of Sabah Foundation building on Monday.

The groups began arriving in the capital on June 3, before flying off to Kuala Lumpur for a grand gala dinner, after visiting the islands, river cruising and experiencing Sabah’s homestay.

Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) chief executive officer Datuk Zulkefli Sharif disclosed that the incentive groups have contributed to the country’s economy as over RM242 million of tourism receipts were generated last year.

“I think we need more Chinese incentive groups coming to Malaysia especially to Sabah,” said Zulkefli.

And in the next two years, he said the Sabah International Convention Centre will be ready and it can provide a venue to cater for big groups.

“As there is a strong commitment in the arrival of visitors from China, the government has set a target to attract three million visitors from China to Malaysia this year.

“We sincerely hope when all the distributors return home, they will become the ambassador of Sabah tourism and will bring in more friends and families to visit this beautiful state of Sabah,” called Zulkefli.

Perfect Malaysia president Dato’ Woo Swee Lian who spoke earlier has suggested the distributors from Perfect China to serve as an ambassador to promote the tourism of Sabah when they go back to their respective provinces.