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LAST_UPDATEFri, 25 May 2018 9am

Liew Wants To Create Tourism Hotspots

KOTA KINABALU – Newly appointed Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Christina Liew wants to create hotspots in focus areas, such as Sandakan and Tawau, that have potentials in tourism to further boost the sector.

Liew, who is also Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister, said such efforts to further boost the growth of the tourism industry in the two districts would also help residents generate the economy as well as job opportunities.

Citing Tawau as an example, she said the setting up of a visitors’ hotspot would enable Tawau to be not merely a transit location for tourists before proceeding to  Semporna.

“Hence, hotspot locations should be created including making Tawau a hub for cheap and fresh seafood to enable tourists to stay for two or three days in Tawau,” he told reporters after attending the state Cabinet meeting chaired by new Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal at the State Administrative Centre here today.

She said Sabah currently has several tourism hotspots such as Mount Kinabalu; Orangutan Sanctuary in Sandakan; and Sipadan in Semporna; and her ministry would continue to further develop the existing tourism potentials there.

Liew said she would meet with heads of department under her ministry next week to obtain further information and briefing on the development of the tourism sector in Sabah.

On another note, Liew who is also Api Api assemblyman and  Tawau MP, also assured the people of Sabah that she would do her best as well as fulfill her manifesto aspirations by being transparent and responsible with the mandate given to her.

-- BERNAMA