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Indian leisure golfers flock to Sabah

Sabah is set to host over 800 Indian leisure golfers next month, a result of successful efforts by the Sabah Tourism Board (STB) following a visit by Indian golfing experts in May. Datuk Joniston Bangkuai, Sabah’s Assistant Tourism, Culture, and Environment Minister, and STB chairman, expects an even larger turnout as golf enthusiasts bring their…

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Hong Kong musician keen to perform in Sabah

KOTA KINABALU: The Hong Kong International Musician Association expressed keenness to hold a music symposium in Sabah. Its chief executive officer Jye Lee mulled the idea to hold a Sabah Borneo International Music Festival that features competitions, forums and masterclasses, among others. Jye told this to Assistant Tourism, Culture, and Environment Minister Datuk Joniston Bangkuai…

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MATTA Fair Sabah 2023 May 19-21 at SICC

KOTA KINABALU: The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) is once again organising the 1st MATTA Fair Sabah for year 2023 at Sabah International Convention Centre (SICC) here. This will be the biggest travel fair in Sabah which will be held for three consecutive days from May 19 to 21 May, said MATTA…

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Sabah to explore birding sites to incorporate with community-based tourism

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s rural areas hold great promise as a birding hotspot, opening up new educational and economic possibilities for the local community. Assistant Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Environment Datuk Joniston Bangkuai said birdwatching is an excellent activity to integrate into the community-based tourism initiative that will attract new visitors to the countryside. He…

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Sabah to diversify its market to Indian visitors

KOTA KINABALU/Dec 8: Since the Chinese visitors are not returning anytime soon, Sabah has decided to lure the Indian tourists which is now the fastest-growing outbound market. Assistant Tourism, Culture, and Environment Minister Datuk Joniston Bangkuai said the state’s tourism industry was overly dependent on Chinese visitors before the pandemic and that it must now…

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Jafry urges Motac to promote and market Sabah

KOTA KINABALU/8Dec: Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister (KePKAS) Datuk Jafry Ariffin paid a courtesy on newly appointed federal Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister (Motac) Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing at Putrajaya. During the meeting, various issues were discussed including the renewal of licences for tour buses and vehicles rental faced by operators in Sabah….

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Matta Fair Sabah back due to strong demand

KOTA KINABALU/9 Dec: The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta) Fair Sabah is different from others because it emphasizes  more on promotions. Its Sabah and Labuan Chairman Lawrence Chin said the fair only allowed licensed agencies to participate and have always been a crowd puller for holiday packages. To further enhance visitors’ experience…

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Spring Vegetable Salad With Mint Pesto

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M’sia mega sale is back

The Malaysia Mega Sale nationwide campaign is back after a four-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In Sabah, the sale will run from June 15 to July 31, 2024, said Tourism Malaysia Sabah Deputy Director Trecey J Tojuka. Tourism Malaysia Sabah Office is collaborating with four participating shopping malls in Kota Kinabalu, namely Imago…

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Sabah have potential to be health tourism hub

Sabah’s natural beauty, cultural heritage, and wellness traditions make it an ideal destination for rejuvenation and balance, positioning it as a potential health tourism hub. The state offers numerous wellness facilities with traditional spa treatments, therapies, and consultations with trained medical professionals. Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew highlighted Sabah’s pristine environment, including…

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All must take care of the environment

The responsibility of taking care of the environment needs to be shouldered together and not solely by the government. Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew has called for cooperation between the industry, local communities, various government agencies, and related parties to be strengthened for environmental sustainability. “I also request the cooperation of the…

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China extends visa to 30 days for M’sian tourists

China has agreed to extend the visa exemption for Malaysian tourists from 15 to 30 days. This was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi during the 50th-anniversary celebration of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and China in Beijing. During a meeting with Premier Li Qiang, Ahmad Zahid proposed the extension, highlighting that…

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Sabah favourite destination for Chinese

Sabah continues to be a sought-after destination for Chinese visitors.  “Our tourism figures recorded a total of 776,845 visitors to Sabah from January to March this year. Of this figure, 321,184 were international visitors of which 116,922 were Chinese visitors. “This is indeed a positive sign and we are happy to welcome more China visitors…

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Promote dragon boat race to tourists

Local tour operators have been asked to help promote the upcoming 9th Sabah FCAS International Dragon Boat Race 2024, which will be held at Likas Bay from June 7 to 9. Tourism, Culture, and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew urged tour operators to bring their clients and guests to watch the race. Liew stated that…

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Book tour packages with licence operators

All tourists to Sabah are advised to book their tour packages with Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry (Motac) registered tour operators. Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew issued the call following a drowning case at Mengalum Snorkelling Point on May 11, involved a 34-year-old Chinese tourist, Zhang Tian Long. “It is understood that…

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