This week Sabah hosted the largest incentive group from China, 3,500 delegates from JM Top Achievers Group who were treated with Sabah's famous sunset at their beach party. Last week, the biggest marathon in Borneo was held in Kota Kinabalu, the UNICEF Borneo International Marathon with over 10,000 participants from 48 countries who ran for #thisability. In the coming weeks, we are expecting another large incentive group to Kota Kinabalu. Sabah is on track to be the ideal meetings destination for the region with the completion of the Sabah International Convention Centre in early 2019.
In the East Coast, there will be new development on the Sandakan Airport runaway soon. The runaway will be extended to enable bigger aircraft to land particularly for direct flights from China, South Korea and Japan. Meanwhile, our islands off Semporna was reported to be 80% full last year.
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. A trilateral meeting between Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia will be held to discuss maritime security.