Piling and related foundation work has started on Jesselton Quay Central – CityPads. Work is expected to take until the end of the year to complete.
On schedule and moving forward. The piling points for all of Tower 1 are complete.
Mid-September and despite the poor weather work is progressing as scheduled.
The status of progress and moving forward.
Updates from Feb '18.
Liow : Increasing number of tourist arrivals augurs well for state...
Liow : Increasing number of tourist arrivals augurs well for state
Kota Kinabalu: Sabah Ports Sdn Bhd Managing Director Ng Kiat Min revealed that after the...
Kota Kinabalu: Sabah Ports Sdn Bhd Managing Director Ng Kiat Min revealed that after the general cargo port operation is relocated to Sapangar Bay, Suria Group will then be undertaking the construction of a dedicated international cruise terminal at Kota Kinabalu Port. "That will serve as a marine gateway as well as second entry point to the heart of the city. Cruise Tourism is the 6th Entry Point Project ("EPP") under the Tourism National Key Economic Area (NKEA) which intends to improve Malaysia's competitiveness as a cruise destination," she said at the company's Customer Appreciation Dinner. According to her, Kota Kinabalu Port has been identified as one of the three ports alongside Penang and Klang as having the potential to contribute significantly to the Malaysian cruise industry. The dedicated cruise terminal at K.K will complement other SURIA Group developments such as Jesselton Quay and One Jesselton Waterfront. "Together with the adjacent Sabah International Convention Centre (SICC) and the KK Convention City, Kota Kinabalu will be a complete destination with world-class attractions, infrastructure, and leisure facilities." In this respect, playing a major role as the catalyst for growth in Sabah, SURIA Group is honoured to be a part of the highly transformative development in the State. "The initiatives undertaken by the Group will contribute significant spin-offs to the economy. The people of Sabah in particular will stand to benefit through the creation of job opportunities from the Group's involvement in its development projects." Looking towards the future, Ng said it is essential for Sabah Ports to find ways on how it can continuously add value. "Therefore, effective stakeholder and user engagement will always remain fundamental for Sabah Ports' progression. This is evident in last year's launching of Customer Day, an avenue for port users to communicate with port personnel. "Each year, we administer the customer satisfaction survey to hear customers' inputs and comments. These channels have aided us towards knowing our customers better and understanding their business requirements," she said. This year, there will be a survey of a larger percentage of customers so as to give a better gauge of how satisfied the customers are with Sabah Ports' services. "We appreciate good reviews and accept not so good reviews too. What is important to us is provide a platform for our users to be heard." Paying tribute to all customers, business partners, association and government agencies, Ng said each of them has made a contribution to SPSB's business. "Whether you are a forwarder or shipping agent or business chamber or trade association or represent a government agency, it is your support, your loyalty towards Sabah ports that makes all of you our top customers. "As SPSB looks to the future and embarks on more challenges, we look forward to your continued support and having you on board with us in our journey. Despite challenges, Sabah Ports' objective shall remain the same which is to provide services that meet customer expectations," she said. - Mary Chin
Minister of Tourism's updates KK...
Minister of Tourism's updates KK
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22 FEB 2018, KOTA KINABALU: Some 430,000 tourists from China visited Sabah last year and...
22 FEB 2018, KOTA KINABALU: Some 430,000 tourists from China visited Sabah last year and contributed more than RM1 billion in tourism receipts, with an average spending of over RM 2,500 per person.
Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Kota Kinabalu, Liang Caide said around 60,000 Chinese tourists spent their Chinese New Year holidays in Sabah this year.
“Sabah has become one of the most popular travel destinations for Chinese tourists.
“There are more than 100 direct flights connecting Kota Kinabalu to various cities in China every week.”
At the same time, Liang said the number of Sabahans visiting China for business, tourism, visiting friends and relatives had increased.
“Last year, the Consulate General issued 25,000 Chinese visas,” he said at the Chinese New Year celebration organized by Kota Kinabalu Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KKCCCI) here yesterday.
Liang said the cooperation between China and Sabah had created vast opportunities.
“More and more China firms have ventured into infrastructure development, hotel and residential property development, durian plantation and various other projects in Sabah.”
He said the prospect was bright for exchanges and cooperation between Sabah and China in the future.
On another note, Liang said KKCCCI was one of the oldest Chinese associations in Sabah, with a history of over a century.
He hoped KKCCCI members would seize the opportunities arising from the Belt and Road development and continue to contribute towards the cooperation between Malaysia and China.
Meanwhile, KKCCCI president Datuk Michael Lui Yen Sang urged his members to utilize the chamber as a platform to consolidate and share resources in order to boost their competitiveness in the business arena.
Lui believed that a change in mindset was vital to keep up with the changing business trends and avoid being left out.
He said KKCCCI played a role as the bridge of communication between the government and the business sector.
As such, he said the chamber would continue to convey to the government key issues affecting the community and seek rectification on administrative deviations on behalf of the Chinese community and businesses.
Lui also said the chamber remained committed in promoting Chinese education and culture.
Additionally, he urged members to put more efforts into transforming KKCCCI into one of the most influential business organizations in the state.
He said the establishment of the chamber was to promote cooperation and collaboration among members, as well as to facilitate economic development and inculcate loyalty to the state and nation.
He said chamber members should actively participate in nation building and social development of our country.
“We pledge to continue our full support and assistance to the government in economic development and the promotion of unity and harmony among the ethnic groups.
“We are committed to work hand in hand with the government to ensure continuous political stability, economic progress and prosperity.”
On another note, Lui said the Chinese consulate had been actively promoting friendship between Malaysia and China since its inception.
He said Malaysia and China had established a comprehensive strategic partnership and now the bilateral relationship between both countries was the best in history.
Lui said the chamber would continue to render its cooperation and support to Liang to create a mutually beneficial and win-win outcome for both places.
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Tourism Board,Suzaini Datuk Sabdin Ghani, meeting members from Ctrip, one of the...
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Tourism Board,Suzaini Datuk Sabdin Ghani, meeting members from Ctrip, one of the China's leading online travel agents (pic).
Ctrip has total registered members of 260 million on website and Wechat. Ctrip provides an online platform for travellers to make bookings for accommodation and ticketing. According to Nicole Goh from Ctrip International Travel Malaysia Sdn Bhd, travellers' average spending for accommodation to Sabah is around RM1,000, with an estimated 40,000 room nights per month. Sabah received a total of 431,026 Chinese tourists last year.
Last year, Sabah Tourism together with Ctrip brought in Chinese bloggers to Sabah. This joint promotional activity successfully reached out to over 4 million people in China through its website. Through Ctrip and Silk Air, Sabah is penetrating into second-tier cities such as Chengdu and Changsha.
Sabah Tourism will continue the effort to work closely with Ctrip to promote and create awareness of Sabah through social media platforms.
The SICC is just 450m away from JQ...
The SICC is just 450m away from JQ
Event date on 16.02.2017 & 17.02.2017 in Magellan, Sutera Harbour...
Event date on 16.02.2017 & 17.02.2017 in Magellan, Sutera Harbour
Once overlooked as a destination for travellers, Sabah now ranks as a top 10 destination...
Once overlooked as a destination for travellers, Sabah now ranks as a top 10 destination for the more than 6 million people who went abroad this festive season.
It’s just after dinner on February 9, exactly a week before Lunar New Year. Lu...
It’s just after dinner on February 9, exactly a week before Lunar New Year. Lu Xie, a native of Ningbo, China, is nowhere near preparing for Chunyun, the annual Spring Festival travel rush.
Instead, she is holidaying 2,700km away from her hometown, off the coast of North Borneo in the east Malaysian port city of Kota Kinabalu.
In the midst of snapping dozens of sunset selfies at Jesselton ferry terminal to send home via WeChat, 26-year-old Lu tells This Week in Asia she wanted to “try something new” by travelling with her two friends instead of heading home ahead of the festive season.
How Malaysia’s golden goose of ecotourism, Sabah, keeps the visitors coming
The trio say they flew in from Shanghai – where they work – and were travelling independently, without the help of tour groups.
Sabah, the state where Kota Kinabalu is located, was an easy pick, Liu and her friends say, because it was just a five-hour flight away.
The East Malaysian state this month was named by the Chinese travel booking site Ctrip...
The East Malaysian state this month was named by the Chinese travel booking site Ctrip as one of the top 10 destinations for the estimated 6.5 million Chinese travellers who ventured abroad this festive season. 11 projects that show China’s influence over Malaysia – and could influence its electionOnce a sleepy town, Kota Kinabalu is now the epicentre of Sabah’s relentless tide of Chinese tourists – some 431,000 Chinese nationals visited the state last year, making up 35 per cent of all tourists. That figure was 75 per cent higher compared to 2015. “We are getting a lot more of the cosmopolitan types like [Liu],” Masidi tells This Week in Asia. “They speak some basic English, they are younger, and they know exactly what they want from the holiday so they just travel on their own without tour groups.”
While closer bilateral ties between Prime Minister Najib Razak’s administration and Beijing in recent years...
While closer bilateral ties between Prime Minister Najib Razak’s administration and Beijing in recent years have boosted tourist arrivals to the entire country – the government says 327,000 visas were issued to mainland Chinese for the 15-day Spring Festival alone – Masidi, who belongs to Najib’s ruling coalition, says Sabah was likely to benefit more than other states.
The local ethnic Chinese community in the state of 3.6 million people is larger than most other places in the country, and many of its tribal majority groups speak some Mandarin.
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Political observers say Sabah, one of two Malaysian states in Borneo, is largely insulated from the rising support for hardline Islam in the rest of the country.
“I like to say we are unique because we are ‘the best Malaysians’. We don't have any problem with racial harmony, and a lot of the non-Chinese here speak Chinese,” Masidi says.
“This gives a lot of confidence to the Chinese tourists because they feel they are at home … we speak the language but we don’t have the crowds or traffic jams and we have the cleanest air in Malaysia.
“Our beautiful scenery and islands make it perfect for their favourite activity: taking selfies.”
Gary Bowerman, a tourism consultant and author of a book on Chinese tourists, says Sabah did not “suddenly arrive on the Chinese radar”.
Arrivals to the state has been steadily growing, the Kuala Lumpur-based expert says, citing charter...
Arrivals to the state has been steadily growing, the Kuala Lumpur-based expert says, citing charter flights by Spring Airlines as far back as 2013.
Such flights are no longer a rarity – Masidi says thousands of Chinese tourists land in Sabah on flights fully chartered by tour groups during the Spring Festival as well as during the Golden Week holiday in October.
Bowerman says “the critical factor” driving growth in Chinese tourist arrivals to Sabah was air connectivity. Out of 186 international flights into Sabah each week, 86 are from China.
“Greater choice and frequency of flights is encouraging different type of travellers to visit – from package tourists to young adventurers, groups of friends to extended families and luxury travellers to business visitors adding leisure time to their trips,” Bowerman says.
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Few Chinese tourists however go diving – the number one reason Western travellers visit Sabah. The Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park just off Kota Kinabalu, Sipadan Island to Sabah’s north as well as Layang-Layang to its west are home to some of the world’s top-ranked dive sites.
Several Chinese tourists who spoke to This Week in Asia at the Jesselton ferry terminal say they were going to the islands off Kota Kinabalu to relax on the beach, and had no plans to snorkel or dive.
Female Chinese tourists “are selfie queens,” boatman Ahmad Jais says in Malay and English. “They will go into the water just a little a bit to get a nice shot but they are wearing a full-length dress.”
Sabah’s tourism board, citing surveys, says “viewing natural scenery”, “relaxing by the beach” and “shopping” were the top three activities of Chinese tourists last year. Wildlife viewing in the lush Bornean rainforests – another favourite of non-Chinese travellers – was 11th on the list.
Masidi says Kota Kinabalu’s sleepy retail sector had found new wings thanks to the Chinese...
Masidi says Kota Kinabalu’s sleepy retail sector had found new wings thanks to the Chinese tourists.
The city’s main drag, Gaya Street and Pantai Street, are littered with tiny stalls peddling souvenirs as well as durian-flavoured sweets, biscuits and cakes.
Chinese tourists “are durian crazy … if they see signs about durian they will definitely at least enter the shop,” one shopkeeper says.
Boom time aside, is Sabah insulated from the occasional antics of Chinese tourists? Not quite, says Thomas More Willie, the chairman of the Sabah chapter of the Malaysia Association of Hotels.
“Of course like in other places in the world, we have some Chinese tourists misbehaving … but they are learning, and so are we in how best to accommodate their different culture,” says Willie, who is also the general manager of Kota Kinabalu’s Klagan Hotel.
The Chinese government in 2015 set up a “tourism blacklist” as part of efforts to name and shame misbehaving travellers.
That move came after a series of highly publicised episodes that included Chinese tourists carving inscriptions on an ancient Egyptian monument and hoarding prawns at a buffet in Thailand.
The odd misbehaving Chinese tourist is the least of concerns for Masidi. Instead his focus is to convince private investors – and Najib’s federal government – to pump more money into the state to capitalise on the Chinese tourism boom.
One of his main priorities is airport capacity.
The current single-terminal facility handled some 7.9...
One of his main priorities is airport capacity.
The current single-terminal facility handled some 7.9 million passengers last year, just 1.1 million short of its capacity. “This is something that we must tackle urgently or we will miss out on opportunities to build on our current success with the Chinese,” Masidi says.
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Bowerman, the tourism industry expert, warns there could be downsides to relying too much on Chinese outbound demand, citing the “hugely damaging economic effect” on South Korea’s tourism industry after mainland tourists stayed away following a political spat between Seoul and Beijing in 2016.
“The overlap of politics, economics and tourism must be considered by all destinations because China has integrated outbound tourism into its foreign policymaking and trade negotiations.”
For now however, Sabah, once the runt of Malaysia’s tourism sector, will busk in its new-found glory as a top selfie paradise for Chinese tourists.
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