The moves by the Sabah Urban Development Corporation (SUDC) and Promenade Hotel to build a proposed 17-storey budget hotel in Tawau is timely, said Tourism, Culture an Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun. He said the completion of the hotel in the near future would ease the shortage of rooms to cater for the increasing tourist arrivals to the State, Masidi welcomed the development of the proposed hotel at the Management Agreement signing between the SUDC Sdn Bhd through its subsidiary Perusahan Pusaka Timur Sdn Bhd and Promenade Hotel. Sdn Bhd here yesterday. SUDC was represented by its Managing Director Haji Abu Bakar M. Yahya and Company Secretary Pengiran Mahmuddin Tahir, while Promenade Hotel by its Managing Director Kong Hock Sian and General manager Alex Cham. Also present were SEDCO Chairman Datuk Mohd Lan Aliani and Industrial Development Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Ismail Abdullah. Masidi said the joint efforts between SUDC and Promenade Hotel Sdn Bhd would contribute positively to the development of the tourism sector in the State. As such, he urged other hotel operators to emulate SUDC and Promenade Hotel Sdn Bhd in complementing the Government’ efforts. He said the four and five star hotel provided about 80 per cent of accommodation to visitors.