Tuesday, June 9, 2015

No cancellations for Sabah tours after earthquake: trade


Tours around Sabah are going on as usual after the earthquake that hit Ranau in Sabah last Friday morning.

At press time, the official death toll on Mount Kinabalu was 16 with two people still listed as missing.

State authorities have also announced a three-week suspension of activities on Mount Kinabalu as repair works to the trail and facilities begin, and Sabah Parks will provide refunds to those who had made advance bookings to climb the mountain during this period.

Inbound tour operators TTG Asia e-Daily contacted said there have been no cancellations to date, but it is still early days.

Noor M Ismail, head, sales & marketing, Asian Overland Services Tours & Travel, said the company has proposed alternative tours to those affected by the temporary closure of Mount Kinabalu.

Borneo Authentic Adventure executive director, Yanti Lee, said day trips to Poring Hot Spring and Poring Canopy Walkway, both in Ranau, are going on as usual.

Borneo Eco Tours assistant general manager, Susan Soong said: “It is too early to tell how the earthquake will affect European bookings in July and August. We are keeping travel consultants and guests updated.”

However, there were no cancellations or postponements at press time.
-TTG Asia.

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