Mountain Guides were among celebrated at Sabah Tourism Awards 2015

sta2 years of great excellence in tourism industry was again celebrated at Sabah Tourism Awards 2015 on 21 November at Magellan Sutera Harbour Resort. This prestigious event is to honour great tourism players of hotels and resorts, tour operators, media, journalists, and many more for their contributions and development of the tourism industry in Sabah.

The evening was incomplete without a grand entrance of Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun, show performances from local artists, an Elvis impersonator, and of course the ever green Malaysia’s Queen of Jazz, Sheila Majid.

Datuk Masidi Manjun during his speech acknowledged the bravery and selfless act shown by the mountain guides during the Sabah earthquake that hit Mount Kinabalu in June 2015 that claimed lives. Later he presented the Minister Special Award to the Kinabalu Park Rangers & Kinabalu Mountain Guides received by Martin Moguring, Gregory Duanis, Mithun Jay Langgim and Ridzuan Kauhimin whose picture piggybacking an injured student inspired netizens around the world. They were honoured with a standing ovation from the audience.

Other recipients of the award were ESSCOMM and low cost airline AirAsia which also named for Best Airline. Check out this full list of award winners. Congratulations to all winners and see you in 2017.

Minister Special Awards

Kinabalu Park Rangers & Kinabalu Mountain Guides

Eastern Sabah Security Command ESSCOM


Best Shopping Complex

Suria Sabah

Best Food Outlet

Best Restaurant -Stand Alone

Party Play Lifestyle Café, Gaya Street

Best Restaurant – Hotel/ Resort

Ferdinand’s, The Magellan Sutera Harbour Resort

Best Night Spot Experience

Shenanigans, Hyatt Regency Kinabalu

Best Spa Experience

Stand Alone

Jari Jari Spa

Hotel / Resort

The Spa, Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa

Best Media Coverage on Sabah

Best Tourism Article published in Malaysia

No Winner

Best Tourism Article published Overseas

Writer : Jun Kumayama

Title of Article : “Orphaned Orang Utan Returns To The Forest – Orang Utan Nursery”

Published in Tokushima Shinbun, February 2015

Best TV Program on Sabah Produced in Malaysia

Sungai Mengkabong by RTM

Best TV Program on Sabah Produced Overseas

Discovery ‘Sabah Earthquake Decoded’ by Discovery Channel Asia

Best Blog Entry on Sabah

The Mountain Is The Mountain, Tomorrow Is Tomorrow. Reflections From Mt. Kinabalu by Lucy Piper. Published in Intrepid Travel Blog, 10th June 2015.

Best Tourism Article In A News Portal

Why I Keep Re-visiting Sabah by David Hogan. Published in the Malaysian Insider, 11th August 2014

Best Tourism Attractions

Best Tourism Attraction – Nature

Tabin Wildlife Resort

Best Tourism Attraction – Non-Nature / Man-made

Mari Mari Cultural Village

Best Inbound Tour Package

4D3N Stay at Luxury Villa @ Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley

Best Tour Guide

Best General Tour Guide

Belle Betsy Chong

Best Specialised Tour Guide

Muhammad Salehuddin Bin Jais

Best M.I.C.E. DMC

Borneo Trails Sdn Bhd

Excellence in Hotel Services


Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort

4-Star & 3-Star

Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan

2-Star & Below

Best Western Sandakan

Nature Lodges

Sepilok Nature Resort, Sandakan

Dive Resort

Lankayan Island Resort, Sandakan


Misompuru Homestay, Kudat

Best Tour Operator

Best Overseas Tour Operator

Japan: H.I.S. Co. Limited

Korea: Hanatour Service Inc

Hong Kong: Wing On Travel

Taiwan: Comfort Travel Service Co.

Australia: No Winner

Indonesia: No Winner

China: Guang Dong China WomenInternational Travel Services Co. Ltd

Best Inbound Tour Operator

Amazing Borneo Tours & Events Sdn Bhd

Most Improved Wholesaler

Winner: Modetour Network Inc

Best Airlines

Air Asia

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