KOTA KINABALU: State Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Datuk Christina Liew said a collaboration between Malaysia Airlines London and Sabah Tourism Board has brought 14 UK travel agents to Sabah for a wildlife and cultural adventure.
Welcoming the group which arrived in Sandakan on March 6 from Kuala Lumpur, she said UK is one of our key target markets to promote our nature and wildlife.
“Sandakan is a nature-based destination known for its wildlife attractions and historical heritage, which makes it one of the destinations that we promote to the UK market. In addition, Malaysia Airlines has direct flights to Sandakan from Kuala Lumpur,” she said.
The group visited main attractions such as the Agnes Keith House, St. Michael and All Angel’s Church, Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, Rainforest Discovery Centre, including a wildlife adventure in Kinabatangan.
The six-day familiarisation trip also included hotel inspections in Kota Kinabalu, a cycling tour in Tuaran, cultural experience at the Bajau Sama Cultural Centre, traditional food cooking class at Bijan Cafe and Guesthouse and a fun yacht ride at Tunku Abdul Rahman Park.
Shangri-La Tanjung Aru, Shangri-La Rasa Ria, Nexus Resort Karambunai and Hyatt Centric Kota Kinabalu co-sponsored the group.
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