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Mice Net : February 2009
asia update spotlight on sabah STORy By Johanna Mc Kinnon M sAbAh is seT To conTinue to sparkle for business events with renovated venues and an updated airport. alaysia’s eastern state of Sabah offers a range of corporate event options set against a backdrop of tropical rainforest. Gayana island eco Resort After undergoing a renovation and new management in early 2008, the Gayana Island Resort is ready and raring to go for corporate incentive groups. The property is an island escape just minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and offers 22 semi- detached overwater bungalows that feature contemporary décor and facilities. The Gayana Island Eco Resort has 44 rooms that feature spacious private balconies, and are equipped with all the modern conveniences guests could need. The resort is a great base to explore the surrounding islands or have some fun with watersports including snorkelling, sea kayaking and scuba diving. For those who prefer land-based pursuits, the dense rainforest is literally at your doorstep. Those who are up for a challenge should try the six kilometre walk through the rainforest to the nearby Malohom Beach. After exploring the tropical surrounds, guests can relax and unwind in the Island Restaurant, which serves fresh seafood and authentic local cuisine for lunch and dinner. The restaurant building is suspended over the clear blue water of Malohom Bay, and includes a bar and karaoke lounge to sing the night away. The Gayana Island Resort does not have conference facilities, but would make an ideal incentive destination. 200 mice.net news from Kota Kinabalu international airport In late 2008 the Kota Kinabalu International Airport opened the new wing of Terminal One. Built at a cost of RM720 million the new terminal was designed to improve the air travel experience to Sabah. The new building consists of 64 check-in counters for international and domestic flights, 17 aircraft parking bays, and can cater for 3200 passengers per peak hour. There is also 36 immigration counters. And what does this new terminal mean for business travellers? It means that corporate groups will be able to get to Sabah and through customs seamlessly. Senior GM of operation services for Malaysia Airports, Dato Azmi Murad, said his commitment was to further enhance services and facilities at the airport. “We are confident that the passengers and airport users at KKIA will experience more comfortable visits and Malaysia Airports will continuously monitor all the service aspects of this airport to ensure that it is at its level best,” he said. information point The meetings and events division of Sabah Tourism can provide professional conference organisers a host of information about facilities and activities ideal for corporate groups. For more information go to www.sabahtourism.com/sabah-malaysian- borneo/corporate/. ABOVE: Mount Kinabalu, Sabah. Photo courtesy of Tourism Malaysia.