Kota Kinabalu is the main industrial and commercial centre for Sabah. Main business areas in Sabah have for many years been palm oil and agriculture. A third area is the fishing industry which is growing in importance as it is today a modern and progressive industry. These days when timber was the main export product are gone decades ago.
As one of the most tourist friendly destinations in the world, the next main industry in Kota Kinabalu and Sabah will be the leisure and tourism industry. This is also one of the reasons why the State is developing more and more areas into permanent parks and forest reserves. The possibilities are endless for Kota Kinabalu and the rest of Sabah, with the right strategy the area will be a “first choice” for tourists from all over the world. The right Internet strategy will play a determining role in how to succeed.
Industry Park & Trade Fairs To make Kota Kinabalu the main growth centre in East Malaysia the 8,320-acre Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park (KKIP) in Sepanggar will be the centre to boost industrial and commercial activities of the city and East Malaysia. The city will also play an important role as a hub for the activities inside the BIMP-EAGA (Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area) region.
Kota Kinabalu also hosts numerable national, regional, and international trade fairs, conferences and events every year including the Asia Pacific Tourism Conference, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the biennial Sabah International Expo and many others. Most of these events are normally held at the Sutera Harbour resort.