Up to July this year, our total nett arrivals have reached the 2 million mark, which is a +12.6% increase compared to the same period last year. With the summer season almost over, international arrivals continue from our main markets of China and Korea bringing occupancy rate on 4-5 star hotels to an average of 85%. Visitors at East Coast dive resorts recorded an increase of +14.3%. A new connection is expected soon on our East Coast, connecting Zamboanga to Sandakan (40-minute flight). Our Rural Tourism initiative is taking off highlighting Kiulu, Kadamaian, Ranau and Tambunan districts. These districts have existing and new tourism products for your latest exploration project. For 'lung-cleansing' session or break at our countryside, email or contact us on social media.
East Coast Security Updates
The Malaysian Government has designated the entire eastern portion of Sabah (extending from the town of Kudat in northern Sabah to Tawau district near the border of Indonesia) as the Eastern Sabah Security Zone, and established the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) to coordinate security forces' activity. Security forces are stationed on the islands with resorts. Curfew hours between 7pm to 5am up to three nautical miles offshore is put in place by ESSCOM. Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia have formed a trilateral committee on this.