Sabah will have its own unit for business events by end-2017, with staff seconded from Sabah Tourism Board.
The new unit will function as a full fledged state convention bureau to attract more business events to the state.
“Duties will include bidding for regional and international conferences,” revealed Gordon Yapp, general manager of Sabah Tourism Board.
For a start, it will be located within Sabah Tourism Board and will have a small staff force of less than 10 people. The unit head was not named at press time.
The establishment of the business events unit bodes well for the state which is currently constructing its first dedicated convention centre, slated for operations in 2019. Located within Kota Kinabalu Central Business District, the convention centre has facilities spanning across five levels with a total built-up area of 92,000m2. It is developed by Yayasan Sabah Group, a state government statutory body.
“The convention centre will be able to hold events with up to 5,000 delegates,” revealed Yapp.