Tourist arrivals up to July recorded a nett growth of +5.4% compared to the same time in 2017, with steady increase of arrivals from market sources such as China, South Korea, Singapore and USA. This month, we are looking forward to the new direct flight connecting Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) to Shenzhen, China by China Southern Airlines by the end of the month.
In Kota Kinabalu this weekend, it's the National Level Malaysia Day Celebrations. It has been 55 years since the formation of the Federation of Malaysia. There are many events held in conjunction with Malaysia Day, such as Borneo Rhythms of Rimba, Pillars of Sabah and Installation Art by the Bay - you are welcome to visit and check. If you love food, we will be producing a top 10 list of Sandakan food to eat, watch out for it.
Are you in Sabah or heading here soon? We may have a free day-trip for you. Go to beautifulsabah.com on how you can participate for a paid day trip around Sabah. Follow us online @sabahtourism and plan your trip today. Tag #sabahtourism so we can see your posts.
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.