Sabah to Provide Stimuli for Tourism Industry
The state government will continue to strive harder to provide the best economic stimuli to boost the hospitality and tourism industry as it is a key income generating sector for Sabah.
"This is to enable the industry to remain viable for many more years to come" Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman said at the ATI College's 20th convocation ceremony held on Tuesday, 29 August.
But, he said, the government could not do this alone and that it not only needed support from the private sector but also skilled and knowledgeable workers such as the ATI College graduates.
Musa, who is also Finance Minister, added that the government would continue its commitment to the hospitality and tourism sector through the Development Agenda or Halatuju and to support federal-led initiatives such as the Sabah Development Corridor and Economic Transformation Programme.
He stressed that it was crucial for Sabah to stay ahead of the latest trends and needs in the tourism sector to remain relevant, and for the state to continue offering tourism products that would attract tourists, both from within Malaysia and overseas.
"One of the plans we are looking forward to is the Tanjung Aru Eco-Development project which will transform Tanjung Aru into one of the region's best tourism spots, with the beach and Prince Phillip Park remaining a public space. This project will also create quality jobs for our local youths" he said.
Musa said Sabah was also continuously working towards achieving its tourism strategy to increase tourist receipts. Despite the fact that Sabah was experiencing positive growth through flow of investments, he said enhanced economic co-operation and improved trade relations, the increase in number of hotel rooms was still insufficient to meet the ever increasing tourist arrivals into the state.
"The number of tourist arrivals for the first half of this year is about 1.8 million, a growth of 11 per cent as compared to the same period last year" he added.