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Setup tour packages to revive Labuan tourism

22nd November, 2018

By PAUL MU

KOTA KINABALU: The quiet island of Labuan hopes to enjoy the spillover from the Sabah vibrant tourism sector.

The Labuan Corporation is mulling to make the island as a stopover destination from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu and Tawau, which is now the new tourism focus, as well as Sandakan together.

Its chairman Datuk Seri Amir Hussien brought up the proposal during a courtesy call on Deputy Chief Minister-cum-Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew at her office in Wisma Tun Fuad here yesterday.

During the meeting, Liew encouraged them to come up with tour packages otherwise it will be difficult for her Ministry to promote the island at both domestic and international markets.

“Labuan has the advantage to be promoted as a tourism destination since you have the free port status and many historical spots. We will help to develop the tour packages too,” Liew assured.

However, currently the air accessibility to Labuan is via Kota Kinabalu operated by MASwings, while the Kuala Lumpur to Labuan sector is operated by Malindo Air.

Liew said she will raise the matter during the Parliament sitting to urge the government to introduce the Labuan to Tawau sector.

Among the tourism sites awaiting to be uncovered in Labuan include the first railway, shipwreck sites, war memorial and a surrender point for the Japanese army during the second war world.

Labuan was also a centre for barter trade and we hope to revive all these activities to stimulate the local economy, Amir said.

   
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