Kopi'vosian and Warm Greetings from Sabah!
Sabah looks forward to a prosperous year with Visit Malaysia Year 2014. Sabah surpassed its 2013 target arrivals of 3.0 million to achieve 3.383 million, a double-digit growth of 17.6% compared to 2012. International arrivals increased by 15.7% to 1.089 million and Domestic arrivals increased by 18.6% to 2.293 million to generate a record RM6.353 billion (USD 1.925 billion) tourism receipts.
There were increased direct flights from regional capitals and cities into Kota Kinabalu, including record arrivals of charter flights from North Asia, China, Korea, Japan and Taiwan. Last year, Malaysia Airlines launched its Kota Kinabalu-Narita/Tokyo 3x-weekly direct flights and added a second-direct flight direct to and from Perth, Australia. AirAsia also launched four (4) new routes direct flights into Kota Kinabalu: namely the domestic 3x-weekly flights connecting Kota Kinabalu to Kota Bahru (Kelantan) in North-Eastern Peninsula Malaysia; Hangzhou, China to Kota Kinabalu, daily; Bali to Kota Kinabalu 3x weekly; Cebu, Philippines to Kota Kinabalu 3x weekly. There were a total of 262 chartered flights, record 60% increase mostly coming from Northeast Asia, China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan.
Global corporate brands from Europe and the Asia Pacific region including medical meetings and conferences, Banks and Financial institutions, even a Bishops Conference and many more held their meetings and corporate incentives Events in Kota Kinabalu. These corporate incentive Groups travelled to Sandakan and the east coast to visit the Turtle Islands, the world renowned Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Sanctuary and river-safaris to Sukau for the must-see Borneo’s wildlife habitats, home of the kararungui or proboscis monkeys, its cousins the orang utans, the pygmy elephants, smallest elephants in the world and many more. This is the favourite filming destinations of world famous BBC naturalist Sir David Attenborough, the National Geography and Discovery Channel.
Sabah is the Land Below the Wind, situated below the typhoon belt that affect the Philippines in the north. Diving is year-round in Sabah.
The Malaysian Government has strengthened and further enhanced the armed security forces on the islands destinations and coastal Sabah. Subsequent to the Sulu intrusions at the remote coastal village of Kg Tanduo a year ago, the Government established the Esszone under the Esscom (Eastern Sabah Security Command) along the entire east coast of Sabah from Kudat in the far north to Sandakan, Lahad Datu, Semporna and Tawau in the southeast. Esszone is similar to the USA Homeland Security on the USA-Mexico border and the Australian Government's own ADF against infiltrations/illegal arrivals and smuggling. The Malaysian "Ops Daulat" military successfully mopped up the intruder-terrorists.
All resorts operators in the Esszone area are committed to working closely with Esscom to continuously and further strengthen, enhance security measures, for the safety of visitors and guests. Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib assured that the security situation in Sabah’s east coast is safe.
Sabah ushers in the Lunar New Year of the Horse with much celebrations and festivities.
Sabah is safe and we look forward to see you in Sabah.