KOTA KINABALU, 26 January 2022: Sabah tourist guides have taken a step forward in promoting Sabah globally through curated virtual tours.

In collaboration with the Sabah Tourist Guides Association (STGA), Sabah Tourism Board is hosting 20 Online Guided Tours on its Facebook Page until 28 February 2022.

STGA president Grace Leong said the online tours were developed in response to the inability to travel in 2021.

“It was indeed a challenge for our guides to learn the system and bring forth an experience virtually. However, we managed to create several tours, and they are now ready to go live.

“We are pleased that Sabah Tourism Board had approached us to debut these tours, and subsequently, we hope that from this first round of sessions, there will be more aware of these online guided tour offerings,” she said.

Meanwhile, Sabah Tourism Board chief executive officer Noredah Othman applauded the efforts of Sabah tourist guides in upskilling themselves to conduct virtual tours.

“This is yet another avenue for us to showcase Sabah to the world. We too, understand the challenges during the no-travel period in Sabah and having to utilize the resources at hand.

“The idea of combining pre-recorded tours and being present to interact is equally a good method of presentation. Furthermore, Sabah Tourism is glad to be able to support the industry in whatever means.

“The first two sessions have already garnered more than 6,000 views accumulatively,” she said.

Noredah added in anticipation of Sabah reopening to international tourists, the Sabah Tourism Board will continue to provide destination awareness and continue to feed the public with information and messages about Sabah tourism.

The scheduled online guided tours are available on Facebook at @sabahmalaysianborneo and will be free to view. Subsequently, the tours will be chargeable at USD10 through www.sabahtouristguide.com.

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