Sabah parks contribute RM3.5 billion to state’s economy last year

Sabah parks contribute RM3.5 billion to state’s economy last year

KOTA KINABALU, March 14 (Bernama) — Sabah Parks which is operating nine parks including six marine parks, contributed RM3.5 billion to the state’s coffers through the tourism sector last year.

The parks are Kinabalu Park, Tawau Hills Park, Crocker Range Park, Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, Pulau Tiga Marine Park, Sipadan Island Marine Park, Turtle Islands Marine Park, Tun Sakaran Marine Park and Tun Mustapha Marine Park.

Its director Dr Jamili Nais said the figure was based on earnings derived from about two million tourists who visited the parks last year.

He said aside from Kinabalu Park, the marine parks were also a draw for tourists who liked diving, the beauty of the islands and beaches, as well as seafood.

“The marine park that usually records the highest number of visitors yearly, that is, around half a million, is Taman Tunku Abdul Rahman. But the real attraction and most beautiful in the world is Sipadan Island Park,” he said.

Jamili told reporters this, after the launch of a Marine and Aquaculture international conference organised by the Borneo Marine Research Institute, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) here, today.

The two-day conference was participated by more than 100 delegates including from Japan, South Korea, Thailand and the Philippines.– BERNAMA