KOTA KINABALU: There is more to traveling than just flying from one place to another and Star Cruises Travel Service (M) Sdn Bhd is offering Sabahans an alternative way to spend their holidays – by cruising.
Star Cruises, together with the Norwegian Cruise Line are the third largest cruise operators in the world, owning a combined fleet of 18 vessels calling over 200 destinations worldwide, and represented in more than 20 locations across the globe.
“We have landed on Sabah’s shores to support the state’s rapid tourism growth. We not only welcome guests to come here but also encourages Sabahans to travel in a different way,” said Star Cruises East Malaysia Operations vice president Edward Johann Leong.
He added that they are also working closely with tourism players in the state to promote and introduce Sabah to the world.
The company set up its office in the city earlier this year, and yesterday, Assistant Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Ellron Angin officially opened its lounge, named ‘The Bridge’ at the KK Times Square.
Also present were the Sabah Tourism Board chairman Datuk Tengku Zainal Adlin, local travel agents and business associates.
‘The Bridge’ is an exclusive member-only club that was specially created for valued members by Star Cruises and it features value-added facilities, including karaoke rooms, pool table, massage chairs and wi-fi connection.
Members are also welcome to host or organise private events, meetings or business gatherings at the lounge and is open daily from 2.30pm to 10pm.
“This representation will facilitate our travel partners in promoting our cruise products and Resorts World Manila, a two-hour flight away from Kota Kinabalu and The Philippines first tourist destination hub,” said Leong.
Angin meanwhile said Star Cruises complements the efforts in promoting Sabah to lure more tourists to choose the state as their holiday destination.
“We would like to see greater promotion of Sabah to the whole world and increase the number of tourists to the state,” he said.