Kopi'vosian and Seasons Greetings from Sabah!
Sabah made good progress in tourism business, the first-10 months of 2013. There were increased air accessibility and flight-frequencies into Sabah with more airlines connecting from regional capitals and cities into Kota Kinabalu, including record arrivals of charter flights from the region. In October, Malaysia Airlines re-Launched its Kota Kinabalu-Tokyo 3x-weekly direct flights and added a second-direct flight direct to and from Perth, Australia. Last month, in November, AirAsia launched its direct domestic flights connecting Kota Kinabalu to Kota Bahru (Kelantan) Malaysia's North-Eastern Peninsula capital and gateway to Southern Thailand, 3x-weekly, with full capacity in the next few months. Today, December 19th AirAsia launches its Kota Kinabalu-Cebu direct flight 3x weekly.
Global corporate brands from Europe and the Asia Pacific region including medical meetings and conferences, Banks and Financial institutions, a Bishops Conference and many more held their meetings and corporate incentives Events in Kota Kinabalu. These corporate incentives' travel to Sandakan and the east coast to visit the Turtle Islands, the world renowned Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Sanctuary and upriver to Sukau the popular wildlife habitat, the favourite filming destinations of BBC naturalists Sir David Attenborough, the National Geography, Discovery Channel and more.
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 these islands.
Subsequent to the February Sulu intrusions to Sabah at the remote coastal village of Tanduo, the Government established the ESSCOM (Eastern Sabah Security Command) along the entire east coast of Sabah from Kudat in the north to Sandakan, Lahad Datu, Semporna and Tawau in the southeast. This ESSCOM 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 offensive had successfully mopped up the intruder-terrorists.
Pursuant to the unfortunate death of the Taiwanese tourist and abduction of his wife at the popular Pom Pom Island Resort, the case is still under investigation by the Police. The Authorities advised that all measures are being taken to ensure her safe return.
We wish to inform that all activities at islands, dive islands resorts, coastal resorts as well as river lodges in Sabah are carrying out business as usual. Resorts' operators together with the Sabah Tourism Board, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment Sabah and Federal Ministry of Tourism & Culture Malaysia are working closely with ESSCOM and security forces to ensure guests safety and security. We wish to assure that Sabah is safe to visit. See you in Sabah.
Thank you and terima kasih.