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‘Visa free entry will boost influx of Chinese tourists’

17th May, 2018

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Association of Tour and Travel Agents hopes the newly installed State Government will re-look the proposed visa free entry programme for Chinese tourists to Sabah.

Its chairman, Dato’ Seri Winston Liaw in congratulating the new government said the arrival of Chinese tourists to Sabah will be boosted if the visa free entry programme is implemented.

He said the programme was announced two years ago but it never got off due to red tape.

“I hope we can remove the unnecessary red tape that hinders progress,” said Winston yesterday who also congratulated newly elected Api-Api Assemblyman Christina Liew for her appointment as the new Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister.

“We hope the new State Government will push for the implementation of the visa free entry programme. We start from Sabah because we are a major tourism state,” he said.

The visa free entry will draw more tourists especially from China to visit Sabah as they will be given exemption of at least 14 days, he said.

“SATTA will give its full cooperation to the new government to develop the tourism industry. I have 28 years experience in this industry. As a non-governmental organisation, we will cooperate to bring the State tourism to a new level,” said Winston. – By Paul Mu

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