Sabah and New Zealand will form a joint council to boost tourism and trade. Tourism officials from both sides will sit on the proposed Sabah-New Zealand Council of Tourism and Trade to formulate policies and make recommendations to the government.
The idea was mooted by Sabah’s Deputy Chief Minister and state Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew, and New Zealand High Commissioner to Malaysia Hunter Nottage during the latter’s courtesy visit to Liew’s office, today. “I will brief the chief minister (Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal) on the matter.
Liew and Nottage believe the council will benefit both sides enormously from the perspective of tourism and trade growth. “It’s a new idea in terms of structure and architecture, but the theme for cooperating in trade and tourism is one that we have been doing for a while,” said Nottage
Nottage said he would send a full report to Wellington and also call on the chief minister on his next trip here. STB’s statistics show that there were 3,262 New Zealand tourist arrivals in Sabah between January and December last year. The first six months of this year recorded some 1,256 tourist arrivals from the country.
He also suggested a focus on “Borneo” branding in efforts to promote Sabah and Sarawak.