Sabah’s 4 new rural tourist spots
KOTA KINABALU: Four rural areas — Kadamaian (Kota Belud), Kiulu, Ranau and Tambunan — are being touted as Sabah’s next big tourism spots.
The four are the stars of the Sabah Rural Tourism Roadshow 2017, which ends tomorrow at Imago Mall here.
Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, who launched the event yesterday, said the four areas, which promised fresh air and green surroundings, were just over an hour’s drive from the Kota Kinabalu city centre.
“The four areas became our initial focus as they have the potential to attract locals and foreigners,” he said.
He said the state government acknowledged that this initiative was a means to increase the livelihood of rural communities and provide an alternative income.
State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said 50 new tourism products, such as camp sites, whitewater rafting and trekking areas, were showcased during the event.
He commended the Kadamaian community for their enthusiasm in developing their products, with about 40,000 people visiting the district in the first six months of this year.
“This is also Visit Tambunan Year, so the district received about 49,000 visitors in the same period.”
Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman (second from right) after launching the Sabah Rural Tourism Roadshow 2017 in Kota Kinabalu yesterday. With him is State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun (right).