Andrea Filmer has always wanted to bring her family to visit Sabah. That wish was made possible after she won the #flymetosabah virtual letter contest, leading her to win a travel voucher to Sabah worth RM5000.00.
Hailing from Penang, Andrea was the second main winner of the campaign after she posted a video on her Facebook page about her kids interest to visit Sabah.
Sabah Tourism organized the ‘Fly Me To Sabah’ contest from 14 February to 14 April 2022. Through this contest, participants were required to post their virtual letters to Sabah Tourism via Facebook and Instagram and use the required hashtags to win their ‘bucketlist’ holiday.
“The campaign has been able to stimulate domestic travel demands, especially since our international border was not open until the 1st April 2022” she added.
Arrival statistics for March 2022 had shown an increased number of domestic visitors to Sabah with a total of 119,399 arrivals that made up 50.9% of the total domestic arrival for the same month pre-COVID 19 pandemic in 2019.
“I remember the day when the 14th March winner was announced. I was making lunch and of course, checking my phone on and off. I remember thinking that I shouldn’t get my hopes up and then chiding myself for that very thought as it’s okay to hope and pray for the things you want. Even so, later in the afternoon, when I saw myself tagged by the SABAH, Malaysian Borneo social media account, I could barely believe my eyes. There was a lot of yelling and cheering going around and all 3 kids started chanting “We are going to Sabah!” quoted Andrea to Sabah Tourism Board
Andrea with her husband, Chong Han Yao and their three children aged 5-8 years old recently returned from their bucket list Sabah holiday. They were in Sabah for 4 days visiting various attractions around the West Coast. Among the places that they visited were Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, Klias Wetland, experiencing the North Borneo sunset cruise and city tours.
The #flymetosabah campaign has awarded 4 main winners with the most creative, unique, and exciting ‘letter’. Eighty (80) participants received Sabah Tourism’s limited merchandise items.
The three other winners of #flymetosabah are Marcel George from Sarawak, Zaki Yusof from Kuala Lumpur, and Siti Rohayu Aziz from Selangor. They are scheduled to travel to Sabah between June to September.
The winning entries can be seen from www.flymetosabah.sabahtourism.com.