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Sabah Tourism Awards 2017 Winners

Winners of Sabah Tourism Awards 2017

A total of  35 awards were given out for this years Sabah Tourism Awards 2017 Winners. The prestigious tourism appreciation event was held on the 2nd December at the Sutera Harbor in Kota Kinabalu. 

The Sabah Tourism Awards are also a tribute to individuals and organizations that have excelled and contributed to the development of tourism and hospitality in Sabah for 2015/2016. These industry awards are also held once every two years. 

The awards night was officiated by Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun, who took the opportunity to mention that the ministry had recorded almost 3 million tourist arrivals up to November 2017.

Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun also mentioned that beginning Dec 20, a new airline, Batik Air Indonesia will commence direct flights between Jakarta and Kota Kinabalu. 

Sabah will also see direct flights from Chengdu, Changsha and Tianjin starting 2018 while the ministry will be focusing on Rural Tourism in Sabah for the same year.

Sabah Tourism Awards 2017 Winners

Malam Anugerah Sabah Tourism
The Sabah Tourism Awards - A Tribute to Excellence

With over 50+ nominations from 13 categories, winners were selected from a panel of judges that took a couple of months of intense judging. Below is the list of this year's winners. 

Best Tourism Attraction-Nature in Sabah

Winner: Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre 

Best Tourism Attraction-Non- Nature/Man-made in Sabah

Winner: Mari Mari Cultural Village 

Best Tourism Attraction for Nature in Sabah
Dr Wong Siew Te accepting the Best Tourism Attraction for Nature

Best 5 Star Hotel in Sabah

Winner: Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa 

Best 3-4 Star Hotel in Sabah

Winner: Ming Garden Hotel & Residences

Best 2 Star and below Hotel in Sabah

Winner: Hotel Sixty3 

Best Nature Lodge in Sabah

Winner: Borneo Nature Lodge

Best Homestay in Sabah

Winner: Koposizon Homestay Paper

Best Dive Resort in Sabah

Winner: Sipadan Mabul Resort Water Bungalow

Sabah Most Improved Wholesaler Award
Sabah's Most Improved Wholesaler Award

Best Tour Operator in Sabah

Best Inbound (Malaysia/Sabah) Tour Operator

Winner: Amazing Borneo Tours & Events Sdn Bhd

Best Overseas Tour Operator
  • China: Century Holiday International Travel Service Co. Ltd
  • Taiwan: Comfort Travel Services Co. Ltd/ Cola Tour
  • Korea: Modetour Network Inc.
  • Japan: H.I.S. Co. Japan 

Most Improved Wholesaler

Winner: Guangdong China Women International Travel Services Co. Ltd (China)

Best Inbound Tour Package

Winner: 3D2N Bird Watching Tour at Kinabatangan (Kinabatangan Jungle Camp)

Best MICE Contributor

Winner: Sounds Tech Production Sdn Bhd 

Best Tour Guide in Sabah

Winner: Napoleon Bin Dimus (Borneo Rainforest Lodge)

Most Promising Tour Guide in Sabah

Winner: Mohd. Shirou R. Lerado (S.I Tours)

Sabah Awards 2017
Carol West receiving the award for Best Tourism Article

Best Tourism Article Published in Malaysia

Winner: Heart of Conservation by Ryan Goh (New Straits Times)

Best Tourism Article Published Overseas

Winner: Reefs, Wrecks & Barracudas by Carol West (Silkwinds)

Best TV Programme on Sabah Produced in Malaysia

No Winner: Submissions did not meet criteria

Best TV Programme on Sabah Produced Overseas

No Winner: Submissions did not meet criteria

Tourism Awards Sabah
Best Online Media for this years STA17

Best Online Media for Sabah

Winner: Once in a Life Time: Conquer Mt. Kinabalu Summit by Potchara Kreangkred

Best Restaurant – Hotel/Resort

Winner: Naan-Flavours of India, Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa 

Best Restaurant – Stand Alone

Winner: Hokkaido Sakagura Restaurant

Best Shopping Complex in Sabah 

Winner: IMAGO Shopping Mall

Best Night Spot Experience in Sabah

Winner: Shamrock Irish Bar, Waterfront 

Best Spa in Sabah - Stand Alone

Winner: Helen Beauty Reflexology

Best Spa in Sabah - Hotel/Resort

Winner: CHI, The Spa, Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa

Best Partner Airline Sabah Tourism Awards
AirAsia receives the Best Partner Airline for Malaysia

Best Partner Airlines for Sabah

Foreign Based Winners

1. China Southern Airlines (China) 
2. Eastar Jet (Korea)
3. Spring Airlines (China)

Malaysia Based Winners

Winner: AirAsia 

Minister Special Awards Sabah Tourism
Robert Lo receives the Minister Special Awards

Best Community-Based Tourism Initiative for Rural 

Winner: Padas Farmstay, Tenom

Best Golfing Experience in Sabah

Winner: Dalit Bay Golf and Country Club

Minister Special Awards

Recipient: Kadamaian Tourism Association
Recipient: Robert Lo

Winners from the previous Sabah Tourism Awards under the media category

These years Sabah Tourism Awards theme was masquerade and the awards was a black tie and evening dress with sit down dinner. In between the awards, special performances by local artist entertained guests.

2017 is also Malaysia's awards year where the Sarawak Hornbill Awards and Tourism Malaysia Awards are being held for the previous years work.

Once again, I would like to congratulate all the Sabah Tourism Awards 2017 Winners. For the full list of winners and nominees, head over to the Sabah Tourism Awards website. And if you have not visited Sabah, I highly recommend you do so.

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