An empty beach in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. Businesses in the popular tourist destination have been badly affected by a plunge in visitors amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: Shutterstock
An empty beach in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. Businesses in the popular tourist destination have been badly affected by a plunge in visitors amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: Shutterstock
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Tourism operators in Sabah, Malaysia, put on a brave face amid plunge in visitors and a second coronavirus lockdown

  • The appeal of the Borneo region’s natural beauty and wildlife will endure, but will its tour operators?
  • Borders are still shut, visitor numbers fell 70 per cent in 2020 and Sabah is back in lockdown, with only essential businesses open. Yet optimism persists

An empty beach in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. Businesses in the popular tourist destination have been badly affected by a plunge in visitors amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: Shutterstock
An empty beach in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. Businesses in the popular tourist destination have been badly affected by a plunge in visitors amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: Shutterstock
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