TUARAN – Tourism in Sabah, particularly in Kiulu near here and the surrounding areas, is set to get a boost once the Telipok-Kiulu-Randagong Highway is opened, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The Prime Minister said the highway, which would provide for safer and more comfortable travel as the people aspired for, would also serve as a catalyst for tourism development in Kiulu, which was known for its natural beauty.
“The focus of the state government on rural tourism under the guidance of Datuk Joniston Bangkuai as chairman of the Sabah Tourism Board is most apt.
“Even without this highway, Kiulu has been able to record about 53,000 tourist arrivals annually. I am confident the number of (annual) tourist arrivals will rise to over 100,000.
“This will help raise the income of the local people, what more when other amenities are also provided,” he said while taking a closer look at the progress of the highway in Kampung Pukak, Kiulu, near here.