Following the launching of the collaboration by Sabah Tourism Board, Hanatour and ibis Styles Sandakan Waterfront to promote the region, tremendous interest had been evoked from the Korea travel company.
According to Ibis Style Waterfront General Manager Vivian Chu, the guests would be impressed with the view from the airplane as it traveled across Sabah.
“They would be fascinated with the sights from the planes such as the Mount Kinabalu and Oxbow lake from the air,” she enthused adding that it augured well for the collaborations.
“ Sandakan will be an add on new product for them to develop in 2015 and with the direct flight arrival from Incheon to Kota Kinabalu on daily three airlines,” she said adding that they include the Asiana Airline, Easter Jet and Jin Air.
“They will be a total of 18 flights with 3,158 seats weekly. As of now, Sabah Tourism Board is currently in serious discussion with Asiana Airlines to get direct flights from Busan to Kota Kinabalu. Should this plan materialises, we expect to further increase the Korean arrivals to Sabah.”
According to her after the launch of Hanatour office in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Lee Hee-Hyoung, Deputy and General Manager, Malaysia Tour Planning Team, and Southeast Asia Division had taken the opportunity to visit Sandakan.
She said Lee caught a glimpse the spectacular island views and Mt. Kinabalu and ten minutes prior to landing, he saw the famous Ox Bowl Lake side of the Kinabatangan River, island beaches, mountain peak and riverside.
“Lee believes that the diversity of Sabah as a tourist destination with strong selling points. “
“Visits to the Orang Utan Rehabilitation and the Bornean Sunbear Conservation Centre should be first on the list of places one must see. This is the only two centres which offers wildlife in the tropical rainforest, with direct flight access throughout South East Asia,” she said adding that she was informed that in Korea or most other surrounding countries, wildlife were mostly kept in cages or glass enclosures.
HanaTour also planned to complete their full day tour packages along with hotel stay at a well-known hotel brand, ibis Styles Sandakan Waterfront, a hotel managed by the Accor group of hotels. The tour was hosted by Nasalis Larvatus Sdn Bhd.- Sayangsabah