Tourism momentum continues as arrivals up to February saw a growth of +7.4% compared to the same time in 2017, with notable increase from market sources such as China, South Korea, Singapore, UK & Ireland as well as USA. We are happy to report that in the first two months of this year, Sabah has received a whopping 122 charter flights from China and Japan, compared to just 36 charter flights in the same period of 2017. Incentive groups such as Herbalife China came in and created a buzz in our city. There are now 91 flights from China connecting KKIA.
In Kota Kinabalu, we are busy preparing the performance of 'Solungkoi Jambatan Tamparuli' (a play) which is this year's Sabah Fest theme happening May 4-6. Soon after, the holy month of Ramadhan will follow, where Moslems will observe the fast from dawn till dusk.
If you're in Sabah, or heading to here soon, let us know by tagging #sabahtourism 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 6pm to 6am up to five nautical miles offshore is put in place by ESSCOM. Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia have formed a trilateral committee on this.