Sabah’s 4 new ru­ral tourist spots

New Straits Times - - Region -

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.”

PIC BY IZHARI ARIFFIN

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).

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