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China Eastern, Southern Airlines expected to resume direct flights to Sabah
Published on: Friday, August 05, 2022
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Chinese tourists play an important role to rejuvenate Sabah's tourism, says the tourism minister. (Bernama pic)
Kota Kinabalu: China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines are expected to resume direct flight operations to Sabah as before the pandemic immediately after the country's borders are fully reopened.

Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Jafry Ariffin, in a media statement, said the arrival of foreign tourists, especially from China, is important to help boost the state's tourism activities to the pre-pandemic level.

For the record, in 2018, Sabah received a total of 593,623 tourists from China while in 2019, Sabah still received a total of 598,566 tourists from there before the state government imposed travel restrictions following the Covid-19 outbreak.

Therefore, he hoped that many tourists from China will return to visit Sabah and help restore the local tourism sector and improve the state's economy.

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