Conference Venue and Accommodations
The main conference from 25 - 28 June 2024 will be hosted at the Sabah International Convention Centre (SICC), a world class conference venue that has hosted presidents, kings, captains of industry, and countless international conferences of high stature. It is located by the sea overlooking a magnificent bay with “one of the best sunsets on the planet” and contains one grand ballroom and 8 conference breakout rooms.
SICC is a five-minute drive or 15-minute walk (1.2 km) from the nearest four to five-star international hotel chains in the city centre. Additionally, there is a 30-story serviced apartment called Jesselton Quay that contains a high number of AirBNB accommodation, that is 8-minute walk (800m) from the SICC. The SICC is not more than 15 minute drive from any major international hotel in Kota Kinabalu downtown and is easily accessible by local rideshare platforms. Estimated prices to get to SICC from downtown hotels would be between RM 10 - RM 20 (Eur 2.50 - 5) depending on peak hours.
The pre-conference workshops on 24 June 2024 will be hosted in Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), where the local organizing committee are from. UMS is 20 minutes drive from downtown Kota Kinabalu and sits at the top end of the magnificent bay that is anchored on the other end by SICC. It would cost around RM 20 - 30 (Eur 5 - 7.50) by rideshare platforms to get to UMS for the pre-conference workshops. Getting around UMS itself is exhaustive as it measures 6.9 km from one end to the other - on the bright side, it is one of the few universities in the world that has its own beach!
There is unfortunately no regular public transport in Sabah other than an irregular bus network, but ride share platforms do not cost more than RM 40 (10 euros) from the city to the university area. Most rides within city limits would fall within the RM 10-20 (2.5-5 euro) range outside of the height of peak hours.
For a small city Kota Kinabalu is blessed with a wealth of flight connections. Apart from 15 times daily flight connections to the national capital Kuala Lumpur on 4 different airlines and multiple domestic destinations, there are international flights from Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, China (Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Beijing, Xian and Shanghai), Hong Kong, Taiwan (Taipei), South Korea (Incheon and Busan), Philippines (Manila), Japan (Tokyo), and Thailand (Bangkok).
Image: Live flight board at KK International Airport