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SABAH
Sabah consists of five administrative divisions, which are in turn divided into 25 districts.

1-Kudat Division
2-West Coast Division
3-Interior Division
4-Sandakan Division
5-Tawau Division



 

Wednesday July 16, 2014
Attack another dent on tourism in Sabah, says MATTA

The recent attack on Mabul island is driving another nail into Sabah’s diving sector, as well as the state tourism industry’s progress, says the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents.
http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/07/16/Attack-another-dent-on-tourism-in-Sabah-says-MATTA/

 

 

Wednesday July 2, 2014
Sabah tourism will bounce back

Sabah folk are confident that the state’s many attractions and natural beauty will pull in travellers again.
http://www.thestar.com.my/Opinion/Columnists/OK-Bah/Profile/Articles/2014/07/02/Sabah-tourism-will-bounce-back/
 


Sabah Premier Events
"Best Of Borneo"


Sabah's five spectacular premier events:
1- Sabah Fest (May 3-4)
2- Sabah Dragon Boat (June 15-16)
3- Sunset Music Festival (June 28-29)
4- Kokol International Paragliding Race (Sept 16-18)
5- Mt Kinabalu International Climbathon (Oct 19-20)


Division Name Districts Area (km˛) Population (2010)
1 West Coast Division Kota Belud,Kota Kinabalu, Papar, Penampang, Putatan, Ranau, Tuaran 7,588 1,067,589
2 Interior Division Beaufort, Nabawan, Keningau, Kuala Penyu, Sipitang, Tambunan, Tenom 18,298 424,534
3 Kudat Division Kota Marudu, Kudat, Pitas 4,623 192,457
4 Sandakan Division Beluran, Kinabatangan, Sandakan, Tongod 28,205 702,207
5 Tawau Division Kunak, Lahad Datu, Semporna, Tawau 14,905 819,955


China contribute to the increasing number of tourists from China and Hong Kong to Sabah.
The arrival of international tourists from China and Hong Kong for the first five months of 2013 was up by 77.3 per cent compared to 2012.

The statistics had increased from 71,152 to 126,150 tourists, showing that China is a very important market for Sabah. For the past two consecutive years 2012 to 2013, China and Hong Kong recorded the highest international arrivals into Sabah
Hangzhou City to Kota Kinabalu is about four hours flight, and is the fifth Chinese city to connect Sabah via a direct non-stop flight.
Other AirAsia direct flights from Kota Kinabalu to China cities are :
2) Guangzhou,
3) Shenzhen,
4) Hong Kong and
5) Taipei
Hangzhou tourist appreciate going to the islands off Sabah, which are located 15 minutes away by boat from the city, water activities and fresh seafood.

Hangzhou is one of the most scenic cities in China, with the famed West Lake at the forefront. The West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou, comprising the West Lake and the hills surrounding its three sides is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage List and is a must-visit for anyone to Hangzhou.
The nearby Zhejiang Province also houses the ‘Thousand Island Lake’ with 1078 islets surrounded with crystal clear water.
Hangzhou is also a gateway to the vibrant city of Shanghai, with great attractions such as ‘Xintiandi’ – a lifestyle center with great shopping and nightlife.
 

The Sabah Economic Development Corridor will make Sabah the most livable state in Asia by 2025


“This will enhance Sabah’s status as an eco-tourism hotspot and a second home destination with high end villas, chalets and facilities...In the third phase between 2016 until 2025, Sabah will eventually become the ultimate destination for foreign direct investments as well as for people to live and work in...Under the development corridor plan, we will have a competitive package of incentives for our foreign investors, especially in knowledge-based and biotechnology industries,”

Deputy Chief Minister of Sabah
Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan
at a business networking forum held in Jinan, China
 on  July 20, 2010


The first phase of the initiative had focused on pushing for future growth via infrastructure and poverty eradication projects.

The second phase, which would run from next year until 2015, would see the state host global companies and emerge as a base for local small- and medium-sized companies.

Sabah Development Corridor  is focused on the development of several areas:

1) Sandakan-Beluran-Kinabatangan Bio-Triangle,
2) Lahad Datu-Kunak-Semporna-Tawau Agro-Marine Belt,
3) Interior Food Valley in Keningau,
4) Oil and Gas Cluster,
5) Kinabalu Gold Coast Enclave and
6) Brunei Bay Integrated Development Area.

 

Daily Express, 13 Jul 2010
http://www.sabahtourism.com/sabah-malaysian-borneo/en/news/6421-making-sabah-most-liveable-in-asia/


The 26+5 Entry Point Projects


  NO PROJECT NAME SECTOR GNI 
RM '000
JOBS 
CREATION
INVESTMENT 
PROJECT COST
RM '000
1 EPP1 Semporna Borneo Marine Paradise (4 Projects)        
    Semporna Resort, SUDC Tourism 50,431 385 154,481
    Sipadan Mangrove Sanctuary Resort Tourism 108,792 334 491,000
    Mt Coner Tourism Hub Tourism 319,366 873 665,500
    Alorie Lepa Lepa Tourism 56,395 221 278,323
2 EPP2 Coastal Tourism Development (3 projects)        
    Coastal Tourism Development Cluster 1-4 Tourism 1,616,000 7294 12,270,000
    Sulamanga Resorts Tourism 88,315 760 240,000
    Alila Sabah Tourism 448,787 590 618,686
3 EPP3 Nature Adventure (7 projects)        
    Sandakan Nature & Wildlife Tourism 742,102 503 10,700
    Maliau Basin Tourism 99,800 1701 251,230
    Imbak Canyon Tourism 66,200 679 171,500
    Danum Valley Tourism 48,649 410 182,406
    Kalabakan Wellness Centre Tourism 29,752 480 97,000
    Kinabalu Park - 2nd Hub at Kota Belud Tourism 65,250 504 435,685
    Hill Resort Tourism 66,000 150 100,000
             
4 EPP1 Sabah Agro Industrial Precint (SAIP) Agriculture 195,036 399 677,500
5 EPP2 Integrated Tiger Grouper / Sea Cucumber Farming Agriculture 555,219 930 140,400
6 EPP3 Swiflet Commercial Centre Agriculture 405,000 7648 183,476
7 EPP4 National Seaweed Nucleus Agriculture 419,954 2286 541,137
8 EPP5 TKPM Taman Kekal Pengeluaran Makanan) Agriculture 35,400 479 59,883
9 EPP6 Intergrated Marine Fish Culture Agriculture 659,931 1981 825,042
10 EPP7 Integrated Shrimp Aquaculture Agriculture 330,139 3626 764,000
11 EPP8 Integrated Barramundi Hacthery & Grow Out Agriculture 994,596 760 150,050
             
12 EPP1 Kimanis Power Plant Oil, Gas & Energy 82,051 2515 1,000,000
13 EPP2 SOGT & SSGP Oil, Gas & Energy 6,330,555 3200 5,400,000
14 EPP3 SOGIP Phase 1 - SAMUR and Phase 2 - Mitsui Oil, Gas & Energy 3,390,109 6320 9,944,600
15 EPP4 Lahad Datu Regasification Terminal Oil, Gas & Energy 923,076 3575 1,200,000
16 EPP5 Lahad Datu Power Plant Oil, Gas & Energy 82,051 3127 1,000,000
17 EPP6 Gas Separation Plant Oil, Gas & Energy 50,963 1297 275,000
18 EPP7 Extension of SSGP to KKIP Oil, Gas & Energy 1,999,738 3085 340,000
             
19 EPP1 Main Line Operator Set Up at Sepanggar Bay Port Manufacturing & Logistics 278,959 194 403,693
20 EPP2 Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park (KKIP) Manufacturing & Logistics 1,075,706 19,137 4,288,871
             
21 EPP1 Agropolitan Beluran & Kemabong Palm Oil 82,273 1024 274,459
22 EPP2 POIC Lahad Datu & Sandakan Palm Oil 6,668,408 11,175 17,312,043
             
23 EPP1 Early Child Care Education Centres Education 148,524 1246 78,705
24 EPP2 Hospitality and Tourism Discipline Cluster Education 80,000 460 48,000
25 EPP3 Private Skills Training Centres Education 155,309 1019 328,718
26 EPP4 International Marketing Education 33,388 225 10,017
     

The 26 Entry Point Projects for  Sabah Development Corridor

Sector Entry Point Projects (EPPs)
Tourism
 
• Semporna - Borneo’s Marine Paradise
• Coastal Tourism Development
• Nature Adventure
Agriculture
 
• Integrated Marine Fish Culture
• High Finned Grouper & Barramundi
• Integrated Shrimp Aquaculture
• Sea Cucumber & Tiger Grouper
• National Seaweed Nucleus
• Swiftlet Commercial Centre (SCC)
• Sabah Agro Industrial Precint (SAIP)
• Taman Kekal Pengeluaran Makanan (TKPM)
Palm Oil
 
• Agropolitan Kemabung & Beluran
• Palm Oil Industrial Cluster (POIC) Lahad Datu & Sandakan
Oil, Gas & Energy
 
• SAMUR + MITSUI @ SOGIP
• Lahad Datu Regasification Plant
• Gas Separation Plant
• Kimanis Power Plant
• Lahad Datu Power Plant
• Sabah Oil & Gas Terminal + Sabah Sarawak Gas Pipeline
• Pipeline to KKIP
Manufacturing & Logistics
 
• Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park (KKIP)
• Mainline Operators (MLO) set-up in Sepangar Bay Port
Education
 
• Early Childcare Education Centres
• Hospitality and Tourism Cluster
• Private Skills Training Centres
• International Marketing

Sabah is the 6th highest GDP contributor for Malaysia and has seen positive GDP growth in the last few years


Sabah is blessed with
1) excellent location
2) resources
3) culture
4) biodiversity

Cultural Heritage Geographical Location Natural Resources Biodiversity
• 3rd largest population in Malaysia with 32 ethnic groups spawning
diverse cultural backgrounds
• Accessed easily by air from 13 global destinations
 
• Rich in natural resources such as oil & gas, fertile agriculture land, palm oil and forestry
 
• Rich marine life, plant diversity and wildlife habitat
• World’s best dive sites (Sipadan)
• World Heritage Sites (Mount Kinabalu)

2010 - Sabah Total Tourist Receipt  is RM4.426 billion
2020 - Target to increase tourism visitor receipts to RM16 Billion in 2020

1 2 3
Semporna - Borneo’s
Marine Paradise
Coastal Tourism
Development
Nature Adventure
• Semporna, Diving
• Semporna Resort, SUDC
• Sipadan Mangrove Resort
• Mt Coner Tourism Hub
• Alorie Lepa Lepa
 
• Cluster 1
• Cluster 2
• Cluster 3
• Cluster 4
• Sulamanga Resorts
• Alila Sabah
• Sandakan Nature & Wildlife
• Maliau Basin
• Imbak Canyon
• Danum Valley
• Kalabakan Wellnes Center
• Kinabalu Park – 2nd Hub



 


High Yield Traveler • They prefer niche attractions, avoiding the mass tourist areas
• Tend to spend longer time in one area to experience various attractions
• Big spender, willing to spend
• Privacy & exclusiveness
• Generally senior corporate leaders, businessmen, etc
Group Travelers • They go via mass tour operators & less through websites, etc
• Often they through a pre-planned travel schedules and itinerary
• Medium spending with travel expenses are paid directly to the tour operators
• Medium length stay
• Less “free-and-easy”
• Often families, groups of friends
Free Independent Traveler (FIT)
 
• The come in small groups, often with friends, rather than families
• They focus on value for money attractions and “free-and-easy” attractions
• Medium spending power
• Focused on 1-2 key activities of interest (like diving, eco adventure / sports)
• Short-medium length stay

Sabah’s tourism sector is the 6th highest contributor to Sabah’s economy... ...which is supported by the consistent visitor arrivals and receipts that has spurred job opportunities and economic growth.

Sabah grow its number of visitor receipts by leveraging on the :

1) natural resources,
2) culture and heritage and
3) geographic location,

Tourism data shows tourists mainly spend on leisure & recreational activities.

In 2010 Sabah Total Tourist Receipt  is RM4.426 billion, out of which RM 4.1 Billion on leisure & recreational activities

 

 

Natural Resources
• Rich in biodiversity, home to many wildlife conservation areas and parks, including Mount Kinabalu
• Abundance of tropical rainforest and wildlife e.g. orang utan
• Pristine beaches and diving sites

Culture & Heritage
• Myriad of ethnic cultures offers diverse experiences
• More than 32 different indigenous groups
• Wide range of local handicrafts and souvenirs from Sabah natives e.g. Kadazandusun, Murut, Bajau, Rungus, Lundayeh and Melayu Brunei

Geographical Location & Connectivity
• Strategically located in the northeast corner of Borneo
• Approx. 77.1 million and 139.4 million potential tourists within a 3-hour and 6-hour flight radius respectively
• 34.5 million international visitor arrivals from Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok
 

Map of Sabah

Places of interest in
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| Sabah | Sarawak | Melacca | Kuala Lumpur |

Welcome to Sabah


BIRD watching, rock climbing, hiking, homestays, mountain bike rides, jungle trekking, cultural events and seafood, are some of the reasons why tourism industry remained vibrant in Sabah.

The Mount Kinabalu National Park, Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary, Sukau, as well as the islands within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park in Kota Kinabalu and Tun Sakaran Marine Park in Semporna, in the meantime, continue to play the role as the state’s anchor products.

But it’s growing popularity of new attractions is helping Sabah maintain the growth in tourist each year.
For years, the tourism mainstay centered around Mount Kinabalu, diving, the orang utans in Sepilok and wildlife safari in Sukau.
But over the years, new activities are attracting tourists and keeping the industry busy. The new attractions are nature or culture-based activities.

Eco-tourism is the best bet for Sabah as it is blessed with beautiful natural surroundings.

In 2011, 2.8 million tourist visited Sabah, compared with 2.5 million in 2010.
The state Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry has projected the number to rise to 2.9 million in 2012.

 

Sabah keeps amaze visitors, the nature is overwhelming beautiful with jungle tracks everywhere and wild nature just around the corner.

Kota Kinabalu is a town just a few hundred meters wide, between jungle and ocean.

So just turn the corner and you are in either a jungle to explore (many trails just starting here) or walk to the oceanside to enjoy the sunset, markets, shops and restaurants.


Museum Sabah, There is natural history, ceramics, archeology, traditional costumes, birds and butterflies and a lot more cultural stuff.

Also an exhibition on the Japanese death camps that were here in Northern Borneo in WWII. Next to the museum is a Heritage Village where several traditional houses are built to explore.

A garden with commercial, medicinal and ornamental plants and trees. Also a collection of steam rains and old-timer cars.


Situated in Malaysian Borneo, Sabah has lush tropical rainforests and stunning tropical islands teeming with an incredible diversity of marine life, The 32 ethnic groups here make it a land of colorful and intriguing cultures. Kota Kinabalu is Sabah's vibrant capital and gateway to eco-adventures such as diving, river cruising, mountain climbing, white-water rafting and caving.

Sabah has a wide range of accommodation to suit any preference and budget. Several well-appointed beach resorts are located close to the capital city. Budget accommodation is widely available. Enjoy the wide variety of cuisine, from local delights to Continental fare.

Places of Interest

Sabah Museum This museum in Kota Kinabalu is built in the longhouse style of the Rungus and Murut communities. It showcases a wealth of ethnic treasures and handicrafts. History lovers will be charmed by the Sabah Tourism Building, one of the only three buildings in Kota Kinabalu to have survived World War II, Other attractions in the city include the State Mosque, Museum of Islamic Civilization, Atkinson Clock Tower and Signal Hill.

Shopping and Crafts Sabah is famed for its splendid souvenirs including beads, accessories and bamboo products. The KK Handicraft Market, Kadaiku and Wawasan Plaza Handicraft are popular shopping spots in Kota Kinabalu.

Mount Kinabalu The majestic Mount Kinabalu, standing at 4,095.2m, is one of the highest peaks in Southeast Asia. It is the main attraction of Kinabalu Park, Malaysia's first World Heritage Site. This dense jungle contains one of the world's richest assemblage of plants. Don't miss a visit to the Poring Hot Springs, a natural health spa offering open-air Japanese-style baths. The annual Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon draws participants from around the world.

Sipadan Island Sabah has a number of excellent dive spots, with the jewel being the world-famous Sipadan. Its location at the heart of the Indo Pacific Basin makes it one of the richest marine habitats in the world. Here, fascinating sights of turtles, reef sharks and a thrilling 600m drop-off await experienced divers. The island was made famous by renowned oceanographer Jacques Cousteau in his documentary, 'Ghosts of the Sea Turtle'.

Mabul and Kapalai Islands Situated near to Sipadan, these two islands are great destinations for macro-diving.

Other Dive Sites A ring of 13 coral atolls, Layang Layang is another world-class dive site of unique character. It offers the best chance to spot hammerhead sharks along with many kinds of pelagics. A cornucopia of fish life and wreck diving are major attractions in Mantanani. Other dive sites include Pulau Tiga, famed as the 'survivor island' as well as Lankayan and Mataking.

Tunku Abdul Rahman Park Enjoy splashing fun at this marine park, situated just 20 minutes by speedboat from Kota Kinabalu. Made up of five islands, it is the ideal playground for swimming, snorkelling, diving and even parasailing. Don't miss the unique experience of 'seawalking' amidst colourful fishes.

Monsopiad Cultural Village Go back in time, to the era of the legendary Kadazan warrior Monsopiad. Founded by the direct descendant of Monsopiad, this living museum showcases traditional village houses, a sacred House of Skulls and several other attractions. Don't miss the exciting cultural performance.

Sunday Gaya Street Market This open-air market is the place to get handicrafts, local delicacies and fresh jungle produce. The Tamu Kota Belud is another popular Sunday market for all things traditional. Watch the vibrantly dressed Bajau horsemen riding gaily decorated ponies during ceremonial occasions. They are known as 'Cowboys of the East' for their horsemanship.

White-Water Rafting Enjoy the heart-stopping experience of contending the rapids! The Padas and Kiulu Rivers are popular for river rafting activities.

Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre Watch orang utans, known as the 'wild man of Borneo' during the daily feeding sessions. Said to be the world's largest orany utan sanctuary, the centre serves to rescue and retrain primates for jungle living. Off the mainland, Turtle Islands Park is reputed to be one of the most important turtle breeding spots in Southeast Asia.

Sukau Situated on the Lower Kinabatangan River, Sukau has Malaysia's greatest wildlife concentration. Prolific bird species and animals such as orang utans, crocodiles and proboscis monkeys live along the riverine wetlands. Enjoy a boat ride to take a close look. En route, visit Gomantong Caves, home to millions of swiftlets. They are prized for the bird's nest soup.

Danum Valley Conservation Area Sabah's largest expanse of lowland dipterocarp forest is haven to various bird species, reptiles, amphibians, fishes and over 110 mammals. Viewing platforms, a canopy walkway and nocturnal tours are not-to-be-missed adventures.

Tabin Wildlife Reserve
Hailed as one of the finest wildlife viewing areas in Borneo, Tabin is home to some of the largest mammals in Sabah such as the Borneo Pygmy Elephant and Sumatran rhino. A highlight here is the mud volcano, reputed to possess healing properties.

Lok Kawi Wildlife Park The park is located approximately 25km from Kota Kinabalu and comprises of zoological and botanical sections. It is home to various unique wildlife of Borneo such as the proboscis monkey, orang-utan as well as the Asian pygmy elephant. Other attractions include a children's zoo and a botanical trail which features numerous local plants.

Kudat Long House Make a visit to the traditional long house of the Rungus tribe, Their traditional attire and intriguing culture will make your trip unforgettable. Homestays are a fascinating way to observe their lifestyle.

The Tip of Borneo Experience the thrill of standing at land's end! Simpang Mengayau Bay is the northwestern tip of Borneo. It offers glorious views of the sea and surrounding islands.

Golfing The state boasts many superb golf resorts designed by world-renowned names such as Ronald Fream and Ted Parslow. Major resorts are situated in Kota Kinabalu, Bongawan, Tuaran, Karambunai, Tawau and Kundasang.

Getting There

Kota Kinabalu International Airport
is the main entry point into the state. Sabah is easily accessible by frequent short-haul flights from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Peninsular Malaysia. Visitors can also fly in from the Kuching International Airport in Sarawak as well as major cities in Malaysia. The Kota Kinabalu Port welcomes tourists arriving by cruise ships. Private yachts can dock at Sutera Harbour Marina.

Useful Contacts

Tourist Information Centre Tel: 6088-212 121
(Sabah Tourism Board)

Sabah Tourist Police Tel: 6088-450 402 / 222
Sandakan Tourist Information Centre Tel: 6089-229 751

Tourism Malaysia Sabah
17th Floor, Menara Dato' Onn, Putra World Trade Center
45, Jalan Tun Ismail, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: 603-2615 8188 • Fax : 603-2693 5884 / 0207
Tourism Infoline (within Malaysia): 1 300 88 5050
E-mail: enquiries@tourism.gov.my
Website : www.tourismmalaysia.gov.my
e-Portal: www.virtualmalaysia.com


SABAH    September 17, 2017 01:25:35 PM

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