Sabah's total arrivals for 2017 has exceeded the target at 3.684 million or an estimated RM7.82 billion tourism receipts, up +8% from the year before. 2017 is Sabah's best year in tourism so far and we will continue the momentum this year. To start, yesterday we witnessed the newest direct international flight from Beijing to Kota Kinabalu by Xiamen Airlines. It is Xiamen Airlines' first international flight out of its regional hub in Beijing. Last month in December, Batik Air commenced its direct flight from Jakarta to Kota Kinabalu. Cruise season has also begun and would bring in 10,000 more visitors to Sabah up to the first quarter of 2018.
We are expecting a very exciting year ahead with the setting up of our brand new Sabah Convention Bureau which will drive a vibrant MICE industry for Sabah.
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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.
See you in Sabah!