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8,000 China tourists to visit Labuan monthly

1st March, 2016

By JAINUDIN DJIMIN

LABUAN: People in Labuan, which is facing an economic slowdown due to weak oil prices, will soon have a reason to smile as an average 8,000 tourists from China is expected to spend their vacation there each month.

Labuan MP Datuk Rozman Datuk Isli said six major cities in China namely Kunming, Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Wuhan and Zheng zhou have chosen the tropical island as their newest holiday destination.

“It is expected that about 2,000 tourists from China will be in Labuan each week through two chartered flights flying in directly from each of the six cities,” he said.

Rozman said this when opening the “Pesta Damai & Labuan International Sea Challenge 2016” at the Anjung Budaya, Taman Damai Layang-Layang here on Saturday.

Also present were Labuan Corporation Tourism, Culture & Arts Department director Ernie Mohammad, Ministry of Tourism & Culture Labuan office director Vinson Embaran, Labuan Corporation Planning & Building Control Department director Ibrahim Tambi and Municipal Services Department director Fadzilah Mahmud.

“If we consistently get 8,000 tourists from China every month, then in the next six months we would have received about 48,000 of them and they are expected to spend about US$2,000 per trip per person,” the MP said. Rozman said a travel agency Guangxi Tourism based in China had explored Labuan several times and decided that it is a very interesting place to visit.

“Labuan is not only safe to visit but has many clean beautiful alluring beaches, a duty-free status that makes it a shopping haven and has historical places,” he said.

   
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