Tourism arrivals up to April recorded a growth of +5% compared to the same time in 2017, with continual increase of arrivals from market sources such as China, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and USA. Incentive groups from China continue to come in, including Guangdong Tenchance which chose Tawau, on the East Coast of Sabah, to hold their event. This is the first time Tawau has received an international incentive group. STB plans to keep developing new areas for future incentive events.
It is festive season once again, we will be celebrating Hari Raya Aidilfitri or Eid al-Fitr next week. If you happen to visit Sabah during this time, do take the opportunity to visit the many open houses and sample traditional festive food. Tag #sabahtourism so we can see your posts.
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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 6pm to 6am up to five nautical miles offshore is put in place by ESSCOM. Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia have formed a trilateral committee on this.