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Mice Asia Net : July 2009
malaysia sabah stunner Story by brad foster those working hard in KL but visitors from around the world. And the good news is that its appeal has extended to the meetings and incentive travel sector, with the destination proving to be a wonderful option for MICE events with an edge. With the airport upgrade almost complete, some stunning and exceptional resort-style hotels, and cultural experiences that really are un-matched anywhere else in Asia, the future is looking very bright indeed for Sabah. In recent times the destination has been attracting small groups from the Philippines and Indonesia, and some high-end golf incentives thanks to some spectacular courses. The destination is also picking up business from China, with visitors appreciating the beaches, abundance of fresh seafood and cultural similarities. Sabah’s diverse cultural heritage and stunning environmental attractions combine to make this destination a real winner for the MICE market. There are 32 different ethnic groups in Sabah, the largest being the Kadazan-Dusun (about 25 per cent of the population) and the largest non-indigenous group is Chinese (at around 20 per cent). This harmonious ethnic mix provides a depth of culture, tradition, festivals and customs that makes Sabah a multicultural and exotic place to visit. Not only does Sabah have some great venues it is blessed with some of the world’s most pristine white sandy beaches and oldest rainforests on the planet. Known as the “Land Below the Wind”, Sabah is located below the typhoon belt and is home to the remarkable Mt Kinabalu, which at 4101 metres makes it the second I 38 miceAsia.net Sabah – MalaySian borneo – has seen significant growth in the convention and incentive travel sector thanks to quality venues and some stunning nature-based experiences. t’s only a short flight from Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur to Sabah but the contrast seems to be a million miles away. This destination is fast becoming not only a holiday playground for highest mountain in Southeast Asia. Sabah’s capital, Kota Kinabalu, is home to excellent five-star facilities, off-site dining options, and an environment that will leave delegates renewed, refreshed and invigorated. This is a place where you can immerse yourself in acres of lush tropical vegetation, remarkable indigenous flora and fauna, including Sabah’s icon - the orang-utan. Kota Kinabalu offers a range of excellent resorts including Sutera Harbour Resort, Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort and the Shangri- La Tanjung Aru Resort. The Sutera Harbour Resort is located on the South China Sea at the base of Mt Kinabalu, just 10 minutes from Kota Kinabalu International Airport and only five minutes to the city. This resort provides its guests with five-star accommodation and facilities at either The Pacific Sutera, The Magellan Sutera and Sutera Harbour Marina as well as the Golf & Country Club. Elegance is the The Pacific Sutera’s forte, and guests occupying any of the 500 well-appointed rooms can marvel at the grand entrance, high ceiling lobby and lounge, with amazing views of the South China Sea. The Pacific Club rooms, located on the two uppermost floors, offer guests not only spectacular views, but also business services, continental breakfast and complimentary evening cocktails. The elegance continues with The Magellan Sutera which offers guests a personalised butler service, rooms with private balconies, as well as a private lounge that serves complimentary breakfast, evening cocktails and reception services. The decadence doesn’t end there with the resort providing two spas where guests can rejuvenate with massage treatments, beauty therapies and body scrubs using natural herbs, flowers and spices. For those who would prefer to relax with a game of golf or perhaps a day out on a yacht, the resort also accommodates in style. Golfers