The State government recognizes that the orderly development of tourism is an important source of diversification to the State economy. Such orderly development involves both the promotion of active participation by the private sector as well as ensuring sustainable development to ensure that long lasting benefits are generated within the State. This Policy contains:-

  1. The emphasis in on the orderly development of the tourism industry and to attain maximum economic benefit from the industry.
  2. Minimise negative socio-cultural and environmental impact of tourism in the process of development
  3. Tourism development to be tailored in line with the state’s unique characteristics of unspoilt nature


Our Environment policy is based on three basic principles. The principles of the policy are based on:-

  1. The principle of balance – which ensures that decision about exploitation of the state’s natural resources cannot be taken on economic grounds alone, It involves also the technical and environmental considerations.
  2. The principle of planning – the integration and coordination of all government decision-making to ensure that the principle of balance is maintained and that social, economic or environmental damage is prevented.
  3. The principle of universality – pertains to the extent to which one set of values is favoured to the disadvantage of any decision must be based on all factors under consideration.


Culture is an integral component of Sabah’s heritage and identity. Our policy is:-

  1. To conserve and preserve important tangible and intangible elements of our cultural heritage for the present and future generations.
  2. To foster and promote awareness and understanding of Sabah’s multi-cultural heritage.
  3. To formulate strategies to add value to this heritage by appropriate development, presentation and showcasing not only to the people of Sabah and Malaysia, but also to the wider world.


  1. Sabah Tourism Master Plan (1995-2010)
    It is the guiding documents of the Sabah Tourism Industry. It establishes Policy and Development Strategies to realize the tourism potential of Sabah in line with national tourism policy objectives.
  2. Tourism Area Concept Plans
    A detailed and comprehensive local tourism area concept plans that provides guidelines and direction for entrepreneurs and financial institutions in their evaluation of tourism investment and help facilitate the integration of tourism and related business in the area identified. The Tourism area concept plans covers the following areas:

    1. Lahad Datu, Kunak and Darvel Bay
    2. Kudat, Kota Marudu and Pitas
    3. Beaufort, Kuala Penyu and Sipitang
    4. Keningau,Tambunan, Tenom and Nabawan.