Sabah Tourism Awards 2017 – A Tribute to excellence


The 11th Sabah Tourism Awards recently concluded at Magellan Sutera Ballroom on 2nd December 2017. A total of 35 awards in 13 categories are given to individuals and organizations that have excelled and contributed to the development of tourism and hospitality in Sabah. The Awards is an incentive for participants to strive for the higher level of professionalism in both service and product quality.

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Mr. Gordon Yapp, General Manager of Sabah Tourism Board

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The fashionable Datuk Gordon Leong in his Phanton of the Opera Mask

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The theme for Sabah Tourism Awards 2017 was Masquerade. Dress code for the night is Black tie/Dark lounge Suit for Gentlemen and Evening Dress for the ladies.

The opening act is base on Phantom of the Opera and Datuk Masidi Manjun made a surprise appearance among the dancer in the mask.

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The award was officiated by Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun who congratulates the industry players after a record 3 million tourists arrival with more direct flight from China and Korea in 2017.

The Winners of Sabah Tourism Awards 2017 are:

Best Food Outlets

Best Restaurant – Hotel/Resort

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

Best Restaurant – Stand Alone

Hokkaido Sakagura Restaurant




Shamrock Irish Bar, Waterfront

Best Spa/Reflexology Experience

Stand Alone

Helen Beauty Reflexology


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

BEST MICE Contributor

Sounds Tech Production Sdn Bhd

Best Tourism Article & TV Programme on Sabah

Best Tourism Article Published in Malaysia

Heart of Conservation
Writer: Roy Goh
Newspaper: News Straits Times

Best Tourism Article Published Overseas

Reefs, Wrecks & Barracudas
Writer: Carol West
Magazine: Silkwinds

Best Online Media

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

Best Tourism Attraction-Nature

Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre

Best Tourism Attraction-Non- Nature/Man-made

Mari Mari Cultural Village

Excellence in Hotel Services

5 Star

Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa

3 Star to 4 Star

Ming Garden Hotel & Residences

2 Stars & Below

Hotel Sixty3

Nature Lodges

Borneo Nature Lodge


Koposizon Homestay Papar

Dive Resort

Sipadan Mabul Resort Water Bungalow

Best Tour Operators:

Best Inbound (Malaysia/Sabah) Tour Operator

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

Guang Dong China Women International Travel Services Co. Ltd.

Best Inbound Tour Package

3D2N Bird Watching Tour at Kinabatangan


Padas Farmstay, Tenom (TYK Adventure Tours Sdn Bhd)

Best Tour Guide

Napoleon Bin Dimus (Borneo Rainforest Lodge)

Most Promising Tour Guide

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

Best Partner Airlines

Foreign Based

1. China Southern Airlines (CHINA) (Winner)
2. Eastar Jet (KOREA) (Winner)
3. Royal Brunei Airlines (BRUNEI)
4. Spring Airlines (CHINA) (Winner)
5. SilkAir (SINGAPORE)

Malaysia Based



Dalit Bay Golf and Country Club


Photo by Sabah Tourism Board

Congratulation to all the winners and making Tourism industry in Sabah a success in 2017.

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Joanne Lee

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