KOTA KINABALU: Sabah expects more direct flights from various destinations and is working hard to accommodate the increasing number of tourists to the state, said Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun.
He said in fact, 62 chartered flights from China were expected to arrive in Kota Kinabalu over the next three months.
“We need to provide enough quality hotel rooms. The state cabinet has decided to speed up the building of hotels and have tasked some companies to build more hotels,” he told reporters upon returning from Beijing on the Xiamen Airlines’ inaugural direct flight here today.
A total 163 passengers boarded the flight from Beijing, including Malaysian Ambassador to China Datuk Zainuddin Yahya.
Masidi said the state government, as well as tourism industry players needed to be proactive to cater to the needs of the visitors.
He was pleased that Xiamen Airlines had chosen Kota Kinabalu as its first international destination from Beijing – a manifestation of good relationship between Sabah and China.
Masidi said Sabah recorded 430,000 tourist arrivals from China last year, a 14.7 per cent increase from 2016.
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