Tourism: Sabah needs to up its ante



KOTA KINABALU: Sabah needs to move up its ante to continue its reign in the tourism industry, insisted Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun.

Although last year we recorded the best year ever but we must continue to innovate and create more products, he called.

“The tourists must find something new every time they come here. This is what exactly creativity and innovation is all about. It must come from us. We are already a very beautiful state,” said Masidi during the official launch of the North Borneo Cruises at a resort here on Tuesday.

He said although Sabah is rich with incomparable natural beauty but the biggest asset are its people especially those in the tourism industry where they need to be trained to ensure the everlasting success of the State’s tourism industry.

The North Borneo Cruise offers guests a sumptuous dinner while enjoying the beautiful sunset during the two-hour ride across the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park and along the city’s waterfront during the evening.

North Borneo Cruise co-founder Tyan Wong said the catamaran used for the cruise is 28m long and 10m wide and it has three decks which can seat up to 100 people at any one time.

The cruise is available from 5pm to 7pm (sunset dinner cruise priced at RM295 per person) and 8pm to 10pm (Kota Kinabalu night dinner cruise priced at 199 per person). Sabahans will get a special promotion of RM188 for both sessions, said Tyan who is also the Business Development Director of Amazing Tours Borneo.

He shared that he got the idea to start the business during a cruise experience in Bangkok and so far the response was encouraging after three months in operation.

Its co-founder Kenji Yeo said they decided to bring the idea here because Sabah is still lacking in evening activities.

“Since we have a nice sunset in Kota Kinabalu so why not we have a nice sunset dinner cruise too as Sabah has one of the best sunset views in the world so we should capitalise on this nature,” he said.

“This is not something new because Thailand, New York and Australia have such product too but they don’t have the sunset view. They are just a normal cruise,” said Kenji who is also the Sales Director for Amazing Tours.

He said initially they are targeting the foreign tourists but since the local visitors are also showing interest they are now focusing on both markets.

Also present was another co-founder Lynn Tiong. More details can be obtain at

By :
New Sabah Times