KOTA KINABALU: Enforcement measures have been taken against local tour operators acting as proxies for foreign tour companies particularly from China and Korea, the State Assembly was told.
State Tourism, Culture and Environment Assistant Minister Assaffal Alian said the related enforcement authorities were working closely with tour agents to bring the culprits to justice.
“We are aware that they are causing losses to Sabah. We have taken steps to address it,” he said during the question and answer session.
Assaffal also said licenses for tourism companies were under federal jurisdiction and according to records, there were a total of 820 registered tour companies in Sabah.
He said 20 of the companies were wholly owned by foreigners with Koreans having 15 while Chinese and Japanese had two respectively.
Assaffal added that all foreign tours coming to Sabah require a local tour leader from Sabah to ferry them around the state.
Datuk James Ratib (UPKO-Sugut) later asked the authorities to check on the activities of the Chinese tourists which he claimed were sometimes suspicious.
To this, Assaffal said they should work together to monitor the movements of the Chinese tourists in the city.