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Sabah Tourism Awards 2015

Sabah Tourism Awards 2015

The prestigious Sabah Tourism Awards is back after two years and this years nominees look promising with a number of new candidates and tourism players being nominated. Originally introduced in 1997, the Sabah Tourism Awards was inaugurated to celebrate the Sabah tourism industry’s achievements and to acknowledge the commitment to excellence. 

This grand ceremony held on the 21st of November and at the Sutera Harbour Resort in Kota Kinabalu, honours outstanding individuals and organisations whose contributions have attributed to the growth of the tourism industry in Sabah since the last awards held in 2013.

Tourism nominees for the awards include contributors to the state and national tourism developments in various fields including front liners, agencies, hotels, resorts, businesses, and the media for print and electronic. The Sabah Tourism Awards are given to reward excellence, quality and innovation in terms of service and standards. It reflects the vibrancy and versatility of Sabah’s tourism industry.

In this prestigious event, the who's who of the tourism and travel industry will be seen here, dressed from head to toe for the black tie event. Performances on stage are held while a night of socialising and mingling among the industry players, tourism board member and other related industries is a common sight here. 

Sabah Awards Winners
Sabah Tourism Awards Winners for 2013
Best Tourism Attraction in Sabah
i) Nature
• Tabin Wildlife Resort
• Selingan Island

ii) Non-Nature / Man-Made
• Mari Mari Cultural Village
• Rumah Terbalik (The Upside Down House)
• North Borneo Railway

Excellence in Hotel Services in Sabah
i) 5-Star
• Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort
• Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
• Le Meridien Hotel

ii) 4-Star & 3-Star
• Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan
• Horizon Hotel, KK
• Ming Garden Hotel & Residences, KK

iii) 2-Star & Below
• Kinabalu Pine Resort, Kundasang
• Best Western Sandakan
• Hotel Sixty3, Kota Kinabalu

iv) Nature Lodge
• Sepilok Nature Resort, Sandakan
• Tabin Wildlife Resort, Lahad Datu
• Sutera Sanctuary Lodges, Kinabalu Park,Kundasang

v) Homestay
• Miso Walai Homestay, Kinabatangan
• Misompuru Homestay, Kudat
• Walai Tokou, Kundasang

vi) Dive Resort
• Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort, Semporna
• Sipadan Mabul Resort (SMART), Semporna
• Lankayan Island Resort, Sandakan

Best Tour Operator in Sabah
i) Best Overseas Tour Operator
There is only seven (7) Awards in this category.
• Australia
• China
• Hong Kong
• Indonesia
• Japan
• Korea
• Taiwan
ii) Best Inbound Tour Operator (Malaysia)
iii) Most Improved Wholesaler

Best Inbound Tour Package in Sabah
i) Best Inbound Tour Package
• 4D3N Stay at Luxury Villa @ Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley
• Riverbug Kiulu White Water River Rafting Combo with Zipline Package
• Sandakan Natural Heritage (2D1N) by Borneo Trails Tours & Travel

Best M.I.C.E / DMC Agent in Sabah
i) Best M.I.C.E Agent
• Borneo Trails Sdn Bhd
• Borneo Passages Sdn Bhd
• Borneo Tropical Holidays Sdn Bhd

Best Tour Guide in Sabah
i) Best General Tour Guide
• Ryan Bin Temmu
• Belle Betsy Chong
• Cesar A. Escobido

ii) Best Specialized Tour Guide
• Muhammad Salehuddin Bin Jais
• Jonathan Soon Chen Vui
• Jason Bugay Reyes

Trophy of Sabah Tourism Award
The Sabah Tourism Award Trophy 
Best Food Outlet in Sabah
i) Best Restaurant – Hotel / Resort
• Ferdinand’s, The Magellan Sutera Harbour Resort
• Peppino, Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa
• Naan, Flavours of India, Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort

ii) Best Restaurant – Stand Alone
• The Sandakan Fishing Association, Sandakan
• Party Play Lifestyle Café, Gaya Street
• Gusto Cucina Italiana, Waterfront

Best Shopping Complex in Sabah
• Suria Sabah Shopping Mall
• 1 Borneo Hypermall
• Centre Point Sabah

Best Night Spot Experience in Sabah
• Shenanigans, Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
• The Shamrock Irish Bar, Waterfront
• Cock & Bull, Waterfront

Best Spa Experience in Sabah
i) Hotel / Resort Spa
• Mandara Spa, The Magellan Resort
• Chi Spa, Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort
• The Spa, Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa

ii) Stand Alone Spa
• Neobayu Spa
• Tiya Spa & Reflexology
• Jari Jari Spa

Best Tourism Article and TV Programme on Sabah
• Best Tourism Article published in Malaysia
• Best Tourism Article published Overseas
• Best TV Programme on Sabah produced in Malaysia
• Best TV Programme on Sabah produced Overseas
• Best Online Media

Best Airlines to Sabah
• Best Airline Station
• Best Airlines

The last two categories above, the nominees have not been updated, but rest assured, they have been selected by the committee for this years STB Awards 2015. 

Venue of Sabah Tourism Awards
Grand Ballroom, Magellan Sutera,
Sutera Harbour Resort,
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Date: 21st November 2015
Time: 7.00pm
Website: http://www.sabahtourismawards.com/
Sabah Tourism Board Website: http://www.sabahtourism.com/

For more information, you can contact the persons below;

Ms. Jane Lai (Tickets)
Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd
Tel: +6088-232121 
Fax: +6088-265540
E-mail: jane@sabahtourism.com

Ms. Shirley Teo (Information)
Sabah Tourism Board 
Tel: +6088-212121 
Fax: +6088-219311
E-mail: shirley@sabahtourism.com

Sabah Tourism Awards Best Online Media
David Hogan Jr (Malaysia Asia) and Minister of Tourism, Datuk Masidi Manjun with Best Online Media for the Sabah Tourism Awards 2011
For your added information, David Hogan Jr from Malaysia Asia won the Best Online Media for Sabah Tourism Awards in 2011 and looking forward to some great news again this year as my article was submitted once again for the online media category as I have been aggressively promoting Sabah and also Sarawak for the last few years. To me, Borneo is one of the most interesting destinations in the world to visit if you love the natural rainforest, culture, heritage and wildlife and these are just some of the general genres of tourism available here. 

The Sabah Tourism Awards is held every two years to pay homage to distinctive and innovative team players in various categories for their unremitting pursuit of excellence in promoting and selling Sabah, Malaysia Borneo. The awards are also given to the highest prestige and only to the crème de la crème of the tourism industry. We at Malaysia Asia would like to wish all the nominees the best of luck for this years Sabah Tourism Awards 2015. 

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