KOTA KINABALU: Penang and Sabah have a role to play in helping the nation meet its target of 30 million tourist arrivals during Visit Malaysia Year 2020.
Penang state exco for Tourism Development, Arts, Culture and Heritage Yeoh Soon Hin said this after paying a courtesy call to his counterpart, Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew on Friday (July 19).
"Like Penang, Sabah is also an important state and performing well in promoting Malaysian tourism," he said in a statement on Saturday (July 20).
Yeoh was in town for the national-level International Museum Day celebration and took the opportunity to meet Liew to exchange ideas and notes on how to promote Malaysia as a tourism destination.
Meanwhile, Liew said Chinese and Korean tourists came to Sabah for the sand, sea and sun.
She said most are attracted to visit the islands here and to view the sunset at Tanjung Aru beach.
Last year, Sabah was paid the highest tourism tax allocation of RM12.66mil by the Federal Government, followed by Penang which received RM10mil.