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TAWAU, 13 May 2019: Cuti Cuti Tawau which was launched at ITB Berlin and MATTA Fair in March 2019, will continue with its promotion through an awareness campaign held in Tawau.

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Environment Sabah through its agency Sabah Tourism Board is inviting the local community, transportation providers, restaurants & coffee shops owners to help in promoting Tawau; as well as pushing travel agents and operators to start selling Tawau packages aggressively.

The objective of this campaign is to raise the level of tourism awareness in Tawau with the hopes that Tawau will also prosper from tourism and enjoy the economic return as how its neighbour Semporna is experiencing.

“Seeing the potential of Tawau, I would like to invite and encourage investors to invest in Tawau especially in tourism infrastructure such as hotel and transportations as well as other service industry,” said YB Datuk Christina Liew, Sabah Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment.

The Tawau Airport is the second largest airport in Sabah after KKIA. In 2018, the Tawau Airport recorded 1.64 million passengers movement with 19.4% growth and had exceeded its capacity of 1.4 million passengers. Tawau Airport first commenced operations as a domestic airport in 2001.

The Ministry is working on plans to upgrade the airports in the East Coast to enable foreign airlines to establish direct flights there.

To date, there are 132 weekly flights connecting Tawau from five Malaysian cities and one regional city, namely Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Kuching, Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan and Tarakan in Indonesia. All connections are serviced by Malaysia Airlines, MAS Wing, AirAsia, and Malindo Air providing a total of 21,296 seats weekly to Tawau.

In July last year, MATTA with the assistance of Sabah Tourism Board launched the “30 Tawau Tourism Product Packages” to kick-start the promotion of Tawau.