Traditionally, this travel period sees between six to eight charters from China to Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi and Penang, but so far, only two charters from Shanghai to Kota Kinabalu in Sabah have been confirmed.
Many five-star hotels in Sabah are fighting to remain competitive by not imposing a surcharge this year.
Nexus Resort Karambunai director of sales & marketing Brendan Wong said: "China is a very price-sensitive market and removing the traditional surcharge will help us remain competitive.
Travel agents are also fighting for market share by lowering their tour fares. Three Star Holidays managing director Bernard Low said his group series tour fares had been reduced by five to 10 per cent compared to 2008.
Source : TTG
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