Room of Opportunities in Tourism
Humphrey Ginibun, Marketing Manager of Sabah Tourism Board (STB) said in a presentation to Property Hunter that rooms or tourist accommodation is in short supply not only in Kota Kinabalu but the state in general. "It makes sense to bring in more tourists and more flights into Sabah but we need the facilities to cater to them" said Humphrey when asked about increasing flight frequency into Sabah. He also mentions that Sabah must be promoted as a business hub and a future MICE destination with the Sabah International Convention Centre (SICC) soon to be completed. "We will need the rooms to accommodate" says Humphrey.
With the short supply of accommodation and tourism products, it leaves the door of opportunity open to savvy entrepreneurs and businesses to take the lead. According to Humphrey, even Kudat and Semporna are examples of tourism hotspots in Sabah that are in need of more service to cater to the influx of tourists.
China (431,026), Korea (310,802), Brunei (94,797) and Taiwan (62,121) make up the top arrivals of international tourists into Sabah in 2017.
Property Hunter had a courtesy call to Sabah Tourism Board (STB) on 22 May 2018 to catch up on the latest in the property and tourism industries respectively. The visit is also aimed towards a closer working relationship on future events and efforts to collaboratively promote the respective industries in Sabah.
Humphrey Ginibun will be speaking at the Property Hunter Convention 2018 this 9 and 10 June. His topics will revolve around opportunities the tourism industry can offer and the stats to justify them. STB will also be part of a forum that will also involve Borneo Highway PDP and Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority (SEDIA) to discuss Sabah's progress in the coming years. For more info on how to attend and get tickets to the talks, go to Property Hunter Convention.