We are pleased to announce the full report of the 2016 tourism arrivals for Sabah: A total of 3.427 million visitors came to Sabah in 2016, which is an overall increase of +7.9% compared to the year before. This figure, that has surpassed the ‘best year in tourism’ achieved in 2013 (3.383 mil), brought in an estimated RM7.25 billion in tourism receipts. That’s an extra +10% into State economy.
The top three markets recorded double digit growth in 2016, which was led by China with an increase of +51.8% (374,939), followed by South Korea +42.5% (197,945) and Taiwan +35.0% (55,442). Other arrivals with positive growth were Australia (up +8.7% or 30,139), Brunei (+8.2% or 91,923) and UK & Ireland (+7% or 35,901).
East Coast Security Updates:
The Malaysian Government has designated the entire eastern portion of Sabah (extending from the town of Kudat in northern Sabah to Tawau district near the border of Indonesia) as the Eastern Sabah Security Zone, and established the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) to coordinate security forces' activity. Security forces are stationed on the islands with resorts. Curfew hours between 7pm to 5am up to three nautical miles offshore is put in place by ESSCOM.