KOTA KINABALU: Launching a new resort project in Sabah's famed diving haven of Semporna reflects investor confidence as tourism shows positive signs of recovery.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor said the resort project was proof of the confidence of tourism players and investors in the recovery of the tourism sector in Sabah, especially in the Semporna district.
Hajiji, whose speech was read by Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew, said the resort project was achieved through collaboration between state-owned Sabah Urban Development Corporation Sdn Bhd (SUDC) and Borneo Semporna Resort Sdn Bhd.
"The first phase of this project is for a chalet-type accommodation development over an area of 41.44 acres of sea land.
"A total of 202 chalet units of various sizes with facilities such as restaurants, swimming pools and lobby for tourists will be built in this first phase," Hajiji said at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Borneo Semporna Resort project in Semporna on Saturday (Nov 18).
Hajiji said that the project was among the progressive steps taken by the state government to develop Sabah under the Sabah Maju Jaya vision.
Hajiji said it is the state government's hope to see positive and sustainable results from the project's development.
"I am certain that this project can provide added value to the immediate community, particularly in improving the economic status and quality of life of the people through the creation of job opportunities," he added.