Tour operators here said that tourism in Sabah, particularly in the east coast, has not been affected by a travel advisory issued by the US embassy in Kuala Lumpur.
Sepilok Tropical Wildlife Adventure Sdn Bhd chairman Datuk John Lim said this was because tourists here and in Semporna had confidence in the level of security.
“The travel advisory does not affect tourism as the tourists feel safe,” he said recently.
Lim said the advisory did not portray the real situation in Sabah.
Some tourists from the US and Europe travelled alone while others came annually as they were attracted by the landscape, he added.
The embassy issued the advisory last week stating that terrorist groups were planning to attack foreigners in islands off Sabah.
It urged them to be cautious when travelling in remote parts of eastern Sabah like Semporna and the islands of Mabul and Sipadan.
Meanwhile, Borneo Divers and Sea Sports (Sabah) Sdn Bhd managing director Clement Lee said the advisory was not something new, adding that the negative perception of security in Sabah should be corrected.
It would not prevent tourists from visiting Sipadan for diving, he said while urging the US embassy to be fair when issuing such advice.
Source : STAR
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