With the Sabah International Convention Centre expected to open in late 2019, 11 new hotels are set to open in Sabah in the next three years.
The Sabah Tourism Board, present again this year at ITB Asia, has announced that properties such as Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza Hotel and Pullman, ranging from three to ve stars, are all in the pipeline.
Currently, there are more than 27,000 rooms available in Sabah, with around 3,500 rooms in ve-star facilities located throughout the city, in coastal areas as well as in the heart of the Bornean rainforest.
Joining recently were Hilton Kota Kinabalu and Mercure Kota Kinabalu. This year, Kota Kinabalu Marriot Hotel was opened, and the high-end Borneo Eagle Resort at Pulau Tiga (where the first reality show Survivor was filmed) is now operational. The Borneo Rainforest Lodge also recently opened in the Danum Valley Conservation Area – a virgin rainforest.
Sabah gives a complete and exotic Bornean experience, from natural offerings such as mountains, islands, beaches, wildlife to warm and hospitable people from various background. It’s a combination of fun, adventure and total relaxation in one of the most exciting island states in Malaysia. Some 20 international cities have regular services to the state capital, Kota Kinabalu. Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore, Seoul and business hubs are within short (three to six hours) direct flight and there are easy connections to other long-haul destinations.