Saturday, 6 May 2017

(The Star) Sabah still winning over tourists, says Musa

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah continues to draw in visitors despite some setbacks in the state over the last few years, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman (pic) said.

He said China remained the main contributor with 33.2% of the state tourism’s market share, adding that there were 79 scheduled flights between the state capital and cities in China alone every week.

He said this month alone, some 3,500 tourists through the JM Group from China would be visiting the state, with another 1,800 coming next month.

“On behalf of the state government, I bid our guests a warm welcome to Sabah. We are indeed pleased that they have chosen our state to visit,” he said.

Musa, in a statement yesterday, said Sabah offered an amazing diversity of landscapes ranging from Mount Kinabalu to the sandy white beaches of Sipadan and Tunku Abdul Rahman Park and people of many ethnicities, cultures, customs and traditions who lived in peace and harmony.

He hoped visitors would have time to enjoy Sabah’s lush rainforests that are home to unique wildlife and many species of flora endemic to the state.

He said the visit by the JM Group is testimony that China continued to be a very important tourism market for the state.