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Sabah Tourism Board encourages development of Sabah’s tourism products

27th November, 2015

By JOANES ROBERT JOHNNY

TAMPARULI: Sabah Tourism Board will continue to provide encouragement and provide for efforts to develop tourism products in Sabah.

Its chairman, Datuk Joniston Bangkuai said the board would always support interesting events that are not available in other countries.

“When we talk about attracting foreign tourists, surely we want to present a tourism product that is unique and not found in other countries,” he said.

Joniston told reporters after attending Bambusia Gala Nite in conjunction with the Bamboo Arts Festival organised by the Kinabalu Bamboo Music Orchestra (OMBAK) and several agencies at Dewan Tun Hamdan, here on Wednesday.

He said Bamboo Arts Festival was one such event that could be developed as a tourism product to attract tourists to Tamparuli and Sabah in general.

Joniston said as an initial step, the Sabah Tourism Board was considering to help promote the Bamboo Arts Festival through existing networks such as website and tourism offices locally and abroad and embassies.

“We want to make this event bigger and be known to the public not only in the country but also overseas as the goal is to attract tourists.

“We really want to see Bamboo Arts Festival to become a major tourist attraction not only in Tamparuli or Tuaran district but in Sabah and Malaysia,” he added.

Joniston, who is also Kiulu Assemblyman, also said he had discussions with several local leaders on ways to further improve the organising of the gala night event in the future.

Meanwhile, OMBAK Chairman, Jane Thing thanked the sponsors, artistes, musicians and those who witnessed the event.

She said a day before Bambusia Gala Nite, pocket shows were held in several places such as Rumah Terbalik in Tamparuli, Tenghilan Pedestrian Underpass, Dewan Tun Hamdan, Restoran MC Corner and Riverside Cafe.

Also present was Tamparuli Community Development Leader Datuk Jahid Jahim.

   
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