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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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Affected passengers urged to be patient

Tourism, Culture and Environment Datuk Christina Liew has urged the parties affected by the suspension of flights, including tourists travelling to or leaving Sabah, to be patient. It was reported that the volcano’s eruption shot ash plumes nearly 70,000 feet high, she said. “Be patient. The magnitude of the phenomenon was unforeseen and beyond our…

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Sabah monitoring volcanic situation closely

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor said the safety of the people is top priority in the wake of Indonesia’s Mount Ruang volcanic eruptions in North Sulawesi province on Wednesday evening. He said the state is monitoring the situation closely.  “I have been briefed about the situation and we are keeping tab. Safety is priority…

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Greek cuisine hit Sabah shore

The first Greek restaurant in Sabah and Malaysia was officially opened at Wisma Sabah, Kota Kinabalu. Chill Taverna is owned by Greek businessman John Embiricos and his wife Marinah Harris, the youngest daughter of former chief minister Tan Sri Harris Salleh. In her address at the opening ceremony, Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Christina…

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Sabah rural products to debut in peninsula

Sabah Community Based Tourism Fair 2024 will debut outside Sabah at IOI City Mall, Putrajaya, in October. Sabah Tourism Board chairman, Datuk Joniston Bangkuai, emphasizes the need for local operators to explore new markets. The event aims to facilitate discussions on packaging rural destinations for broader appeal. A Mentor and Mentee Programme will launch in…

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Sutera Harbour Resort receives safety certifications

Sutera Harbour Resort has been awarded duel MS ISO certifications for high safety standards by NIOSHCert. Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew officiated at the presentation of MS  ISO  Certifications: 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) and 21101:2014  Adventure Tourism Safety Management System (ATSMS) to four properties at the Sutera Harbour…

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Sabah MM2H to implement next month

The much-anticipated Sabah-Malaysia My Second Home (Sabah-MM2H) programme is expected to be implementable by next month after several amendments have been put in place, said Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew. She said the government is in the process of finalising the terms and conditions of the programme.  “The State Cabinet has approved the…

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Trans Borneo Railway brings in tourists

The proposed Trans Borneo Railway project linking Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei, and Kalimantan, Indonesia, is hailed by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor as a boon to the Borneo region. “Once materialised, the project will be impactful to enhance  people-to-people connectivity and economically, it will facilitate trade, promote growth of industries at the border areas and…

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Sabah earns RM3mil at KL’s Matta Fair

Sabah’s tour companies and hotels reaped nearly RM3 million in sales at the recent three-day Matta Fair in Kuala Lumpur. Assistant Tourism, Culture, and Environment Minister cum Sabah Tourism Board Chairman Datuk Joniston Bangkuai highlighted Semporna as the most sought-after destination. He added that the Sabah tourism team also observed strong interest in nature-based attractions…

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Sabah tourism flourishes at ITB Berlin 2024

Sabah Tourism Board (STB) made waves at ITB Berlin 2024, captivating industry professionals and travelers alike. Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew seized the opportunity to showcase Sabah’s tourism potential and dispel misconceptions. The event saw queries about Sabah’s accessibility, with Liew emphasizing engagement with the European market, particularly Germany. Despite some attendees’…

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