TAWAU: A festival will be held here on January 13, next year to attract more visitors to Tawau.
Municipal Council president Ismail Mayakob urged all the departments to cooperate and get ready to promote Tawau.
He said various activities would be held on that day to promote the uniqueness of the district.
“The facilities in the district should also be maintained and upgraded immediately to give tourists a positive image.
“It is important to promote Tawau to other countries. For instance, when someone asks about the products in Tawau, most of the people here will say there is ‘nothing in Tawau’. This gives a negative perception of Tawau to outsiders,” he said at the full council meeting here yesterday.
Ismail pointed out Tawau has various products to offer to visitors such as the tallest tropical trees, cocoa and fresh seafood. Tourism promoters should also focus on the products in Tawau instead of only the tourist spots in Semporna.
He urged the private sector to promote Tawau to the tourists while the government would provide the infrastructure facilities.
Tourism agents also should help the government in distributing brochures on the tourist spots to the people.
Ismail said the council had set up a committee to take care of tourist attractions in Tawau.
He also said about 100 people cleaned up Taman Tawau Lama here to prevent the outbreak of dengue.
The housing estate has been declared a dengue area after three cases were reported within one week.