Sabah Adventure Challenge 2016: Going Back To The Original

Date : 26 – 28 Mar 2016

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The SAC is South East Asia’s oldest established multi-day race and Malaysia’s original ultra trail marathon, founded in 1999.

The race concept see’s individuals in an ultra trail solo category or teams of two in a multi-sport category compete over 3 days from dawn to dusk across some of the most intense jungle and mountain sections on the West Coast of Sabah, an hour from Kota Kinabalu where it all began in 1999. The 2016 event see’s competitor’s going back to the original routes and race sections that the original group of competitors competed on back in 1999 and will see competitors camping out along the Kiulu River for 2 nights of the event. This is a back to basics’ race and back to the original format of how it all used to be in the world of adventure racing and multi-day trail running.

Time : Please refer to the website for updates on the confirmed starting time

Start Location: Please refer to the website for updates on the start location which is only revealed to competitors 12 hours before the start of the race.

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Sabah Tourism Awards 2015 Winners

Winners of the Sabah Tourism Awards 2015 – The Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) and Kinabalu mountain rangers were among the four recipients of the Minister’s Special Award at the 10th Sabah Tourism Awards 2015 here Saturday night, 21st November 2015.

Other recipients of the award presented by Sabah Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun were low-cost airline AirAsia and Kinabalu Mountain guides involved in the Ranau earthquake rescue operation last June.

The Sabah Tourism Awards, organised by Sabah Tourism Board and Sri Pelancongan Sabah, are being held every two years to recognise the contributions of individuals and organisations in the tourism industry. Masidi, in his speech, commended the Kinabalu mountain rangers and guides for their rescue efforts and courage during the Ranau quake, particularly senior park rangers Martin Moguring, Gregory Duanis and Mithun Jay Langgim.

“Our mountain guides and rangers are some of the bravest people in this part of the world. They were not only hardworking but able to deliver in the nick of time during the Ranau earthquake crisis,” he said. Masidi expressed gratitude to Esscom for their efforts in defending, enforcing and boosting maritime security in the east coast of Sabah to prevent terrorist activities in Malaysian waters.

He also commended AirAsia, which was named best airline at Saturday night’s event for increasing visitor arrivals to the State and developing business opportunities. “AirAsia will launch daily direct flights from Wuhan, Hubei province in China to Kota Kinabalu soon following the signing of a memorandum of understanding on establishing friendly ties between both cities in May this year,” he said.

Masidi called on the tourism sector to forge ahead with confidence in the face of challenges in the coming years and treat problems as opportunities. Another 31 winners in 12 other categories also received their award respectively.

Sabah Tourism Awards 2015 Night

Staff of the Sabah Tourism Perform for the closing of the Sabah Tourism Awards 2015.

Sabah Tourism Awards 2015 Winners;

• Best Tourism Attraction – Nature: Tabin Wildlife Resort,

• Best Tourism Attraction – Non-Nature/Man-Made: Mari-Mari Cultural Village,

• Excellence in Hotel Services – 5-Star: Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort and Spa

• Excellence in Hotel Services – 4-Star and 3-Star: Four Pints by Sheraton Sandakan

• Excellence in Hotel Services – 2-Star and Below: Best Western Sandakan

• Excellence in Hotel Services – Nature Lodges: Sepilok Nature Resort

• Excellence in Hotel Services – Homestay: Misompuru Homestay Kudat

• Excellence in Hotel Services – Dive Resort: Lankayan Island Resort Sandakan

• Best Overseas Tour Operator – Japan: HIS Travel

• Best Overseas Tour Operator – Korea: Hanatour Service

• Best Overseas Tour Operator – Hong Kong: Wing On Travel

• Best Overseas Tour Operator – Taiwan: Comfort Travel Service

• Best Overseas Tour Operator – China: Guang Dong China Women International Travel Services

• Most Improved Wholesaler: Modetour Network

• Best Inbound Tour Operator: Amazing Borneo Tours and Events

• Best Inbound Tour Package: 4D3N Stay at Luxury Villa @ Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley

• Best MICE Agent: Borneo Trails Tours and Travel

• Best General Tour Guide: Belle Betsy Chong

• Best Specialised Tour Guide: Muhammad Salehuddin Jais

• Best Tourism Article Published Overseas: Orphaned Orang Utan Returns to The Forest – Orang Utan Nursery (Jun Kumayama)

• Best Tourism TV Programme on Sabah Produced in Malaysia: Sg Mengkabong (RTM)

• Best Tourism TV Programme on Sabah Produced Overseas: Sabah Earthquake Decoded (Discovery Channel Asia)

• Best Blog Entry on Sabah: The Mountain is The Mountain, Tomorrow is Tomorrow, Reflections on Mt Kinabalu (Lucy Piper)

• Best Tourism Article in News Portal: Why I Keep Re-visiting Sabah (David Hogan)

• Best Restaurant – Hotel/Resort: Ferdinand’s, The Magellan Sutera Harbour Resort

• Best Restaurant – Stand Alone: Party Play Lifestyle Café, Gaya Street

• Best Shopping Complex: Suria Sabah Shopping Mall

• Best Night Spot Experience: Shenanigan’s, Hyatt Regency Kinabalu

• Best Spa Experience – Hotel/Resort: The Spa, Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort and Spa

• Best Spa Experience – Stand Alone: Jari-Jari Spa, Tg Aru Plaza

• Best Airlines: Air Asia

• Minister’s Special Award – Kinabalu Park Rangers , Kinabalu Mountain Guides, Esscom, Air Asia

Malaysia Travel News would like to congratulate all the nominees and winners of this years Sabah Tourism Awards Winners. The next awards will be held in November, 2017. Article from Daily Express.

Johor Aims To Attract More Tourists From ASEAN Countries
Johor aims to attract more tourists from ASEAN countries via its business-to-business (B2B) sales missions to various countries this year. State Tourism, Trade and Consumerism Committee chairman, Datuk Tee Siew Kiong, said the B2B promotions were expected to give better impact. “We can match tour agencies in both destinations. This year we will undertake promotion missions to Ho Chi Minh City and Indonesia,” he told reporters at Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina Foon Yew 5.

Tee said in January, the first B2B mission was to Myanmar in conjunction with ASEAN Travel Forum. He said other than the attractive destination to visit, the flights that directly connected Senai to other international destinations were also another attractive factor to attract tourists to Johor. “Other than Ho Chi Minh Cityu, five key cities in Indonesia, Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, Yogyakarta and Lombok, also had direct flight connections from Senai,” he said.

In 2014, the state attracted over 20,979 tourists, with 80 per cent from Singapore. Meanwhile, Tee said Johor Tourism Department will hold ‘Explore Johor Sabah from July 3-5 in conjunction with Matta Fair Sabah which would he held in Suria Shopping Mall, Kota Kinabalu. “This is an effort by the state government to encourage B2B domestic sales,” he said. – Bernama News.

Free Visa for Malaysians to China
Malaysians may soon be able to visit China without any visa requirement, said Chinese ambassador to Malaysia Dr Huang Huikang. Speaking during the Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce’s 25th anniversary dinner here, Dr Huang promised that China would fully cooperate with Malaysia to make the dream of travelling to the country visa-free come true. “When you want to go, you can go anytime without any visa requirement. Let us work together towards this goal,” he said.

However, he hoped the Malaysian Government would reciprocate, by taking a bigger step to ensure everyone from mainland China could visit Malaysia visa-free as well. Dr Huang said the Chinese people loved visiting Malaysia for its culture and environment and the good relationship between both nations. “In spite of the MH370 incident, Chinese tourists are still coming to Malaysia and we hope the Malaysian Government can move forward in exempting the visa,” he said.

Dr Huang believed that both sides could come up with a conclusion to open up their countries’ gates to each other soon. “Now, the Malaysian Government is providing visa-free travel for tour groups on a temporary basis. We want Malaysia to make a final decision and do away with the requirement for all Chinese tourists. Then, we can sit down to discuss how we can take some reciprocal measures for Malaysia,” he said.

Dr Huang said the Chinese embassy and its consulates-general in Kuching, Kota Kinabalu and Penang were taking measures to make travel more convenient for Malaysians to China. “It is time for both sides to do away with the visa but not now,” he said.

It was reported that the Government had agreed to grant visa exemption for Chinese tour groups on a trial basis for one year. Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had announced that the move was decided by the Cabinet last week and the implementation date would be announced by Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz.

Tourism Malaysia industry development division director Saidi Bundan had said more work needed to be done to attract Chinese tourists back to Malaysia following the MH370 incident. He said the case had cast a pall over arrivals from China, which recorded a 27% drop in the first three months of this year compared to 2014. – TheStar.

AirAsia Free Seats Promotion June

AirAsia Free Seats Promotion June 2015 is back with 3 million promo seats up for grabs for selected AirAsia and AirAsia X flights throughout the airline’s extensive route network.

The promotional all-in-fares are from as low as RM9.54 inclusive of applicable taxes and fees one way. For free seats promotion, guests only need to pay for the applicable taxes and fees while the seats are free! These promotional seats are available for booking from 22 – 28 June 2015, for the travel period from 15 February 2016 – 31 August 2016.

Free seats are available to various domestic international destinations such as Alor Setar, Johor Bahru, Kota Bharu, Langkawi, Penang, Terengganu, Kuching, Miri, Ho Chi Minh, Surat Thani, Lombok, Bangkok, Singapore, Jakarta, Xi’an and many more destinations from Kuala Lumpur; along with other exciting destinations from AirAsia’s other hubs in Penang, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching. Promo all-in-fares from as low as RM129 one way are also available for destinations like Perth, Melbourne, Chengdu, Seoul and Tokyo; or guest can enjoy affordable luxury with AirAsia X’s award winning Business Class Flatbed with all-in-fares from as low as RM699 one way to Perth, Xi’an, Taipei, Osaka and Colombo from Kuala Lumpur.

Siegtraund Teh, Group Chief Commercial Officer of AirAsia said, “Our legendary free seats are back and we hope to see more people taking this opportunity to travel and discover new places. This is a great time for our guests to plan out their holidays and travelling for next year. We were recently awarded the World’s Best Low Cost Airline for seven consecutive years and this free seats promo is our special way of saying thank you for all the support given by our guests. Rest assured we are always listening to our guests’ needs for low fares”. Visit for the AirAsia Free Seats Promotion June, 2015.