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Why Choose Kota Kinabalu

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New hotel development

Number of Hotels

The number of hotel rooms grew by 6.6% from 633 in 2016 to 675 in 2018

2018: 30,067 rooms

Number of Hotels by Star Rating

5/5

11 Hotels

0
rooms or 12%
4/5

17 Hotels

0
rooms or 12%
3/5

47 Hotels

0
rooms or 17%
2/5

42 Hotels

0
rooms or 8%
1/5

37 Hotels

0
rooms or 5%

In The Pipeline

The Next 2 Years

ALILA RESORT

Expected Completion: 2022
Location: Tuaran

i-HOTEL JESSELTON QUAY

Expected Completion: 2022
Location: Kota Kinabalu

HYATT CENTRIC

Expected Completion: 2022
Location: Kota Kinabalu

The second Hyatt in Sabah

CITADINES

Expected Completion: 2022
Location: Tuaran

Club Med

Expected Completion: 2023
Location: Kuala Penyu

AVANI HOTEL

Expected Completion: 2023
Location: Kota Kinabalu

Echarm Plus Hotel (Bruce Lee Themed Hotel)

Expected Completion: 2023
Location: Penampang

CROWNE PLAZA

Expected Completion: TBC
Location: Kota Kinabalu

GRAND LIBERTY

Expected Completion: TBC
Location: Kota Kinabalu

SHERATON HOTEL

Expected Completion: TBC
Location: Kota Kinabalu

DOUBLE TREE BY HILTON

Expected Completion: TBC
Location: Kota Kinabalu

The second Hilton in Sabah

KK RESORT CITY

World class Kota Kinabalu Resort City on 325-acre island at Lok Kawi. which was developed through reclamation efforts by the KTS Group.

Sabah Air Accessibility

Air accessibility into Sabah is easy. Presently Sabah enjoys almost 100 direct international flights that connects the State to major airports in Kuala Lumpur, Seoul (Korea), Hong Kong and Shenzhen (China), Singapore, Jakarta (Indonesia) and Taipei (Taiwan), Clark and Manila (Philippines) and Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei)

Essentials

About Sabah

Sabah, Best of Borneo

Situated on the beautiful island of Borneo, Sabah is one of the thirteen states which Malaysia is made of. Sabah is the second largest state in Malaysia and shares the island of Borneo with Sarawak, Brunei, and Indonesian Kalimantan.

Sabah is richly blessed with nature diversity, unique cultures, fun adventure, beautiful beaches, and fantastic cuisines for the adventurous taste buds. We have it all, from the world’s largest flower – the Rafflesia, one of the highest mountains in South East Asia – Mount Kinabalu, to one of the world’s top dive sites – Sipadan Island. Sabah is also known for her great natural treasures which include the world-renowned Danum Valley Conservation Area and Tabin which is Sabah’s largest wildlife reserve.

Not only will you be amazed by the places to see and things to do here, you will also be treated with unique Sabahan hospitality. Explore the unique culture and tradition of Sabah and get ready to experience sweet memories to last a lifetime!

Borneo Island

Borneo is the third largest island in the world and is located at the centre of the Maritime Southeast Asia. This island is divided between Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei.

Nevertheless, for people outside of Indonesia, “Kalimantan” refers to the area which is occupied by Indonesia on the island of Borneo. Malaysia’s region of Borneo is called East Malaysia or Malaysian Borneo. The independent nation of Brunei occupies the remainder of the island, being the wealthiest of the rest.

Once known as North Borneo, Sabah was under the British colony during the late 19th century till the early 20th century. Sabah gained self-government on the 31st of August, 1963. Sabah, together with Malaya, Singapore and Sarawak formed the Federation of Malaysia on the 16th of September 1963.

People and Culture

There are more than 30 indigenous groups in Sabah with the largest non-indigenous ethnic group being the Chinese and the largest indigenous group being the Kadazan-Dusun people. Three other larger ethnic groups in Sabah are the Bajau, Murut and Rungus. Apart from the Sabahans’ very own diverse mother tongues, Bahasa Malaysia (national language) and English is widely spoken; Mandarin and some Chinese dialects are also widely spoken.

In Sabah, we greet people by saying “selamat datang” (welcome) and/or “terima kasih” (thank you) with a smile. Due to religious reasons, some may prefer not to have physical contact with others. However, a handshake is generally acceptable as a way of introducing oneself.

It’s customary to remove shoes before entering a mosque as well as homes. In places of worship, visitors are required to dress modestly. Nude sunbathing is not allowed and is very frowned upon. Avoid pointing your index finger at others, as this is considered rude in the local custom.

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