Up to April this year close to a million visitors arrived Sabah, which is a +14.3% nett increase compared to the same period last year. The upcoming summer season is expected to bring in higher arrivals from China as more connections are established between now and September with direct flights from Beijing, Chengdu and Changsa. We continue to boost our destination online with the help of famous YouTubers for example, former Canadian Idol star, Mikey Bustos who produced eight videos for us! Find it then subscribe us on YouTube!
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.
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.