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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Spring Vegetable Salad With Mint Pesto

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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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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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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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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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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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RM2 million set aside to boost domestic tourism

KOTA KINABALU: The caretaker Sabah Government has allocated RM2 million to stimulate domestic travel to Sabah on Thursday on September 17. The RM2 million was carved out from the RM5 million allocated for the Sabah New Deal Package MICE Incentive 2020-2021. The ‘Domestic Tourism Stimulus Package’ was launched by caretaker Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister…

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Kunak can be next popular tourist spot

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Tourism Board has carried out various programmes to promote Kunak district as a tourist destination. Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Jafry Ariffin said among others it has organised seminars and skill training for the local residents. A dialogue session was also held among the Tourism Ministry and the Kunak…

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MATTA Sabah Fair is postponed

KOTA KINABALU: The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) Fair Sabah scheduled on April 3-5, 2020 at the ITCC Penampang has been postponed to a later date due to the worsening Covid-19 outbreak. MATTA Sabah Chapter chairman Lawrence Chin issued a statement on March 12, informed that the decision has been taken to…

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Direct flight between Nanjing and Tawau kicks off

Tawau is abuzz with the historic arrival of the inaugural charter flight from Nanjing, China on Tuesday. Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew praised the Sabah Tourism Board (STB) for making the new route possible. On board the Firefly aircraft were 157 passengers which landed at 5.55am. Firefly will operate the charter flights three…

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Sabah poise to become event’s hub

Sabah gains recognition as a burgeoning business event hub, drawing heightened interest from International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) members. The “Feel Sabah Night” networking event, co-hosted by Sabah Tourism Board and TTG Asia Media during the ICCA conference in Bangkok, showcased Sabah’s attractions and event facilities. ICCA Regional Director Jose Barreiro praised Sabah’s diverse…

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Sabah is among the top 3 tour destinations in Malaysia

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah, Terengganu, and Kedah have emerged as the top three hotspots for travelers looking for adventure, relaxation, and cultural experiences, according to the recently concluded Matta Fair. Despite its logistical challenges, Sabah stole the show as the most sought-after destination by exhibitors and visitors alike. With 19 National Tourism Organisations, 13 state tourism…

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