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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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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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Sabah to entice tourists from Central Asia

Sabah Tourism Board, in collaboration with Batik Air and Fun Holiday, hosted a dedicated roadshow in Uzbekistan, captivating the interest of Uzbekistan tourists who are seeking new Muslim-friendly destinations. The roadshow, which took place in the historic cities of Samarkand and Tashkent on April 23rd and 25th, 2024, garnered remarkable attendance with 250 enthusiastic participants…

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Sabah to host 10 MICE events within this year

Sabah is gearing up for 10 MICE events this year, including the International Wholistic Wellness Conference and Expo (IWWCE 2024) and the 42nd Conference of the Asean Federation of Engineering Organisations (Cafeo 42). Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew highlighted the significance of business tourism in driving economic growth, emphasizing the role of…

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Sabah successfully initiated pangolin conservation efforts

The Sabah Wildlife Department, in collaboration with key local conservation groups has successfully held its pangolin conservation initiatives across Sabah. This series of impactful projects has strengthened the protection of pangolins, which are classified as Schedule 1 “totally protected species” under the Sabah Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1997. “Pangolins are endangered species and protecting them is…

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STB provides help to injured tourist

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment through its agency Sabah Tourism Board (STB) is following up on the paragliding accident involving a Chinese tourist Xue Dong Yuan, 64, in Lohan, Ranau on April 22. “I have instructed STB to follow up on the case on what needs to be done,” its Minister Datuk Christina…

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Japanese investor keen to build elephant corridor

Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew said a Japanese keen to build an elephant wildlife corridor in Kinabatangan, contributing for wildlife preservation. The investor, motivated by a love for wildlife, has purchased land for the project, without asking any charges from the state. Speaking at the Matta Fair Sabah at SICC on April…

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CoBT key products to Sabah tourism

Almost all tourist products and attractions in Sabah are located in rural areas. The Sabah Tourism Board is promoting and marketing these products domestically and internationally, said Tourism, Culture, and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew. Therefore, community-based tourism (CoBT) activities are crucial to Sabah, said Liew in response to Appointed Assemblyman Datuk Raime Unggi at…

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