KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Tourism Board together with Tourism Malaysia’s Asia and Africa Division hosted members of the Association of Japanese Tour Operators Kuala Lumpur (AJTO) to Sabah.

With over 20 thousand Japanese residing in Malaysia, the process of standard operating procedures carried out in airport, hotel, restaurants, and place of interests are the main concern for them to travel. The visit by AJTO members to Sabah gave them the opportunity to experience and witness the process flow of our new norm in particular the safety and hygiene carried out by the industry players.

“This is our first trip to Sabah since the implementation of the Movement Control Order. We were impressed with the SOP carried out in Sabah, and are confident to promote such package to our domestic guests.” said Mr. Shinya Hori, Chairman of the Association of Japanese Tour Operators Kuala Lumpur.

“We have continued to highlight tourism in Sabah to the domestic market on a local and national level since interstate travel was permitted. Anyone residing in Malaysia including expatriates with valid pass are allowed to travel to Sabah without having to undergo quarantine. Traditionally during these months, we would be welcoming foreigners who are on their summer holiday and if international schools are currently on summer break, why not explore enchanting Sabah? There are direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan and Tawau as well. Japanese travellers in particular have always been fond of nature related tours.” adds Madam Noredah Othman, General Manager of Sabah Tourism Board.