Sabah prepares for 1 million China tourists in 2018

Andrew-Liew-Sui-Fatt-chinese-tourist-sabahKOTA KINABALU: With China’s Belt and Road Initiative underway, Sabah can expect more tourists and business from China.

Sabah United Chinese Chambers of Commerce (SUCCC) president Andrew Liew Sui Fatt added that this was a good time for the business community to venture into hotel development.

The Borneo Post quoted Liew as saying Chief Minister Musa Aman had recently met with travel and tourism officials in Beijing who had promised to bring one million China tourists to Sabah next year.

About 375, 000 tourists from China visited Sabah last year.

The increase in the number of visitors, Liew said, would have a significant impact on tourism and economy in the state.

Liew said this after leading his committee members to pay a courtesy call on the Head of State, Juhar Mahiruddin at Istana Negeri here yesterday. The visit was to introduce the new SUCCC leadership line-up to Juhar, the report said.

Liew was quoted by The Borneo Post as saying that the SUCCC would work closely with the state government to attract more foreign investors, especially from China.

Liew also told the media that the SUCCC and the United Sabah Chinese Communities Association of Kota Kinabalu would meet with developer Arah Permai Sdn Bhd executive director Francis Goh next week to discuss the Wisma Tionghua Sabah project.

Liew was confident the Wisma Tionghua Sabah development would benefit the tourism industry as the project included a hotel and shopping mall.

Recently, Musa had said the state government had been aggressive in pushing for the building of more hotels and resorts to accommodate the increasing numbers of tourists.

“Once more tourist infrastructure is built, more tourists will come, creating economic spinoffs in terms of businesses for support industries,” he had said.