KOTA KINABALU: Tourists and visitors looking for a quick taste of Sabah can now stroll along Gaya Street to find local handicraft and bites at the weekly Api Api Night Food Market.
The weekend night market will take place on Friday and Saturday, from 6pm to 2am.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew said this was one of the ways to boost tourism and inject soul to the city by attracting visitors to Gaya Street, which is already popular for its Sunday morning fair.
She said visiting the Night Food Market or Gaya Street Fair was a must for any visitor to the city, where there is plenty to see and learn about local culture and food.
“Gaya Street is also tourist-friendly. There is signage in Chinese to help tourists from China find their way around the city,” she said.
Liew, who is also the state’s Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister, said Gaya Street was picked due to its historical features, some dating back to more than 100 years.
A section of Gaya Street known as Lintasan Deasoka will be reserved for food trucks to create a vibrant city buzzing with activities.
Liew said for Sabah to attract tourists, the authorities must ensure public toilets and food premises were always clean, and public facilities were properly maintained.
“Cleanliness is not only essential to ensuring a healthy life, but also important if we want tourists to keep coming back,” she said.
Liew said the city’s security was also essential in drawing tourists.
She said KK Watch was launched two weeks ago to help boost security in the city.