Friday, June 14, 2013

China’s dive training centre keen on Sabah tourism

KOTA KINABALU: China’s Diving Best, a diving group who operates the Sanya Diving Training Centre which receives over 50 million visitors a year, has shown keen interest in entering Sabah’s tourism industry.

A seven-member delegation from the company said during a courtesy visit to Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority (SEDIA) here yesterday that Sabah was well-known in China as an eco- and marine-based tourism destination.

This has prompted the group to express interest in entering Sabah’s tourism industry.

The delegation, including an official from Aigo Entrepreneurs Alliance, an organisation to help private Chinese companies promote their businesses outside of China, was welcomed by SEDIA chief executive Datuk Dr Mohd Yaakub Johari at Wisma SEDIA.

Dr Mohd Yaakub gave a briefing to the delegates on the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC) and the business opportunities that await prospective investors.

Diving Best is best known for running the Sanya Diving Training Centre which is located in Sanya City, Hainan Province, and has been certified by Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques (CMAS), Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) and International Scuba diving school (SSI), with qualified professional divers engaged in diving tourism and leisure sport.

The company is also known for working with various international hotelier brands such as the Ritz Carlton, Hilton, Sheraton, Marriott, and also China’s Horizon Resort and Spa Group in opening several sea tourism-based hotels and resorts in China.

With the continuous development of coastal tourism, tropical seashore leisure diving has become the main source of Hainan tourism. The diving training centre receives over 50 million visitors a year and is equipped with semi-tropical ocean and beach recreation services such as scuba diving, reef diving, night diving, professional deep-sea diving and bay diving.