Thursday, June 20

RM10 mln boost for Sabah eco-tourism

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Pang (right) unveiling the Faces of Sabah artwork at KKIA which features the 34 races and faces of the people of Sabah. Next to him is Dr Wan Abdul Aziz.

Pang (right) unveiling the Faces of Sabah artwork at KKIA which features the 34 races and faces of the people of Sabah. Next to him is Dr Wan Abdul Aziz.

KOTA KINABALU: Malaysia Airports Sdn Bhd will contribute RM10 million for the promotion of Sabah as an eco-tourism destination in the next two years.

Assistant Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Pang Yuk Ming said this is part of the company’s corporate social responsibility.

Pang reminded that Sabah is a beautiful destination and Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) is one of the most beautiful airports in the country. He also commended Malaysia Airports Sdn Bhd for its effort to beautify KKIA with its Faces of Sabah artwork which features the 34 races in Sabah.

Speaking to press members at the Malaysia Airports Sdn Bhd Green Day 2016 and Aerodarat Services Sdn Bhd Safety and Health Campaign held at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) yesterday, Pang also reiterated that KKIA is expecting the commencement of the Jeju Airlines flight operations from South Korea to KKIA.

“The airline will start operating in July this year,” he said.

Additionally, Yunan Lucky Air will also be bringing in passengers from Kunming, China to Sabah, he said.

“This is a two- to three-year contract,” he added.

Pang also mentioned that tourist arrivals from South Korea and China were on the rise between January and March, this year.

“It has been very encouraging indeed,” he said.

He said that there had been a 60 percent increase in tourists from China and 33 percent increase of Korean tourists during the period.

Also present at the event were Malaysia Airports chairman Tan Sri Dato Sri Dr Wan Abdul Aziz Wan Abdullah, Malaysia Airports general manager Mohammad Suhaimi Abdul Mubin and Aerodarat Services Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Mohd Nadziruddin Mohd Basri.