Tawau, Lahad Datu, Semporna to be new tourism hubs
Last Update: 14/11/2018
KOTA KINABALU, Nov 14 (Bernama) -- The Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry has identified Tawau, Lahad Datu and Semporna in the state’s east coast as new tourism hubs.
Minister Datuk Christina Liew, who is also Deputy Chief Minister, said the ministry has raised a motion on upgrading the Sandakan and Tawau airports to international status to make them alternative gateways for foreign tourists.
“If this becomes a reality, the tourism industry in the east coast will further expand,” she said when winding up the debate for her ministry at the State Legislative Assembly here today.
Liew said the motion will be presented to the federal government through the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry.
She also said her ministry has implemented public awareness programmes on the importance of wildlife conservation in the state, stressing the ministry’s concern over elephant attacks on crops as well as property belonging to smallholders and plantations.
“At the same time, several villages and plantation owners have set up special wildlife control units to protect crops and property from elephant attacks.
“Through the Wildlife Department, we have given the villagers training to handle elephant raids themselves,” she said, noting the need for all stakeholders to collaborate, especially in the provision of an elephant corridor.
Several plantations have agreed to set aside part of their cultivated area to facilitate elephant movement so as to reduce human-elephant conflict, she added.