Tourist arrivals up to August recorded a nett growth of +5.5% compared to the same time in 2017, with steady increase of arrivals from market sources such as China, South Korea, Singapore and USA. We look forward to the new direct flights connecting Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) to Xiamen and Beijing both by Xiamen Airlines by this week, followed by the direct flight from Macau early next month. We will now have 100 flights from primary and secondary cities in China connecting direct to KKIA.
In Kota Kinabalu this week, the North Borneo Design Week (NBDW) is happening. If you enjoyed the Pillars of Sabah, you would enjoy this event too, as some of the artists will be at NBDW. Next month, there's the 8th Borneo Eco Film Fest and the inaugural Tanjung Aru Beach Festival. In December, head to Sandakan, to the Rainforest Discovery Centre for the 10th Borneo Bird Fest.
There will be lots more events happening this year end. Be sure to check our website, follow @sabahtourism on social media to know more. Tag #sabahtourism so we can see your posts.
East Coast Security Updates
The Malaysian Government has designated the entire eastern portion of Sabah (extending from the town of Kudat in northern Sabah to Tawau district near the border of Indonesia) as the Eastern Sabah Security Zone, and established the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) to coordinate security forces' activity. Security forces are stationed on the islands with resorts. Curfew hours between 7pm to 5am up to three nautical miles offshore is put in place by ESSCOM. Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia have formed a trilateral committee on this.