Due to its great combination of modern facilities and the preservation of many charming elements of the destination, visitors prefer Sabah as their MICE venue. Enchanting Sabah has a lot to offer, including its immersion in culture and adventure, in addition to being frequently highlighted for its nature and wildlife.
Sabah’s growing popularity as an incentive and meeting destination is primarily due to its people and geographic location. Here, more than 30 different ethnic groups coexist peacefully, revealing a peek at a unique cultural tapestry. Sabahans, who are renowned for their charming hospitality, further enhance an unforgettable incentive and meeting experience.
Sabah is known for its virgin rainforest, stunning islands and world-class conservation and wildlife sanctuaries. Sabah’s rich natural heritage is guarded and managed in a number of parks and protected areas throughout the state.
Sabah Tourism Board though not a convention bureau, endeavors to support related MICE or Business Events in Sabah.
Dubbed as having among the top 8 Sunsets in the world, visitors flock the Tanjung Aru Beach to witness this beautiful sight. There are also many beach resorts to choose from as well all along the West Coast up to the Tip of Borneo, Kudat. Islands are also spread from coast to coast. Imagine getting to a cluster of islands just 15 minutes away from the city centre? That would be the Tunku Abdul Rahman Parks which also houses Borneo’s longest Island to Island zipline. Stargazing has also become a well-sought activity.
While it is known that Sabah has more than 30 ethnic groups, the culture and traditional practices are more prevalent especially in the rural areas or households making Homestay programmes and Community Based Tourism great avenues for cultural immersion. Cultural Villages makes a good representation of the local ethnic groups. Among them are the Mari Mari Cultural Village, Linangkit Cultural Village, Walai Tobilung and Monsopiad Cultural Village. Longhouses can be found in Kota Marudu, Kudat and Long Pasia which are now used for tourism.
Mount Kinabalu is located in Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site and in addition, is the world’s highest Via Ferrata and Asia’s first. Other unique hiking trails include Maragang Hill and Mount Trus Madi. Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the Sabah Agriculture Park or the Rainforest Discovery Centre and farmstays alike the Padas Farmstay or Sabah Tea Garden.
Conservation flagships include the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre and Turtle Islands Park all located in Sandakan. The Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary is a stretch along the Lower Kinabatangan river which is frequented for wildlife sightings. Other Rey locations include the Danum Valley Conservation Centre, Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Sabah’s Lost World the Maliau Basin, lmbak Canyon and Deramakot. Sabah also has several Important Birding Areas with 33 endemic species.
The Sipadan Island is a renown dive site among the diving community. But besides the Ligitan Reef are many other that have unique dive experiences which include muck diving. The Layang Layang island an interesting man-made atoll with 30-to-60-meter visibility year round. The area also seems to be a migratory lane for sea life such as the orcas and whale sharks.
Sabah has 4 major airports: Kota KInabalu International Airport, Sandakan Airport, Tawau Airport and Lahad Datu Airport. Majority of the flights come through Kota KInabalu with several that have direct connections from Kuala Lumpur.
Sabah currently receives 40 weekly direct International flights, with South Korea having the highest frequencies. The other direct flights are from Singapore (14), Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam (4), Bangkok, Thailand (3), and Manila, Philippines (2). Sabah aims to improve access to the state by increasing the number of international flights from major foreign cities.
For domestic flights, there are currently more than 350 weekly services to Sabah. The direct routes are from Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Penang, Kota Bharu, Kuching, and Labuan.
Sabah has a good number of hotels with more than 150 rooms per hotel which ranges from International Chain Hotels; Shangri-La, Hyatt Hotels, Accor, Marriott, IHG Group, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, and several independent hotels. Most equipped with meeting facilities.
The Sabah International Convention Centre (SICC) which opened in 2020 is the largest waterfront purpose-built facility in East Malaysia. It spreads over 5 levels and can cater up to 5,000 delegates. The SICC is conveniently located within the Kota Kinabalu City Center.
Other offsite venues which are possible would be to utilize the beachfront, islands, the cultural villages and several other multipurpose halls.
An effort to promote responsible and sustainable tourism. In Sabah, besides the tourist, our local community can also benefit from being aware of responsible and sustainable tourism notions. We also want our visitors to enjoy this destination and gain a memorable experience and know that we realize that we are blessed with natural resources and that we are proud to have it preserved.
Besides injecting some fun into MICE event with interesting theme set ups, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) options vary from the underrated tree planting to day trips to visit the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre and Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre in Sandakan, to engaging in some marine life activities such as coral planting. Some of these ideas may seem typical, however, pegged with relevant information, the experience becomes educational and worthwhile. We tend to inject localized ideas such as bazaar setups that would allow you to meet local crafters.
During the days of the event, delegates would not have issues with transportation which varies from taxis to e-hailing services since most of the venues are located within city / town premises. Access to pharmacies, clinics, 24-hour convenience stores is easy. Our malls, we do have to mention, services you until 10pm!
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