The launch ceremony was followed by the carnival which will be held on 6th and 7th August 2005. The carnival never seen before in Kota Kinabalu will feature carnival ladies, clowns, inflatable games, fun fair, caricature painting, fitness equipment show, children’s costume photography and lots of games and contests. There were also cabaret shows, hip hop & break dance, and Freddie & the Catz performance.
With activities never seen before in the capital city, more than 70,000 visitors went through the doors of the carnival, including overseas tourists, visitors from other states and towns of Sabah. One of the key highlights was the Cash Storm Game which had RM100,000 cash up for grabs. Many enthusiastic guests were seen excited with their sudden windfall.
Retailers who participated in the carnival included Esprit, Quiksilver, Dorothy Perkins, Miss Selfridges, France Taipei, Sinma, Topshop/Topman, Marlboro Classics, Gold Heart, Lazo Diamond, Sony, Blush, The Body Shop, San Francisco Coffee and Galeri FS which carries labels such as HOM, Austin Reed and Haggar. There were also Golden Screen Cinemas and Telekom Malaysia as well as Jari Jari Spa and Raintree on showcase.
There was a large continent of Singaporean retailers such as Fish & Co, Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks, ERGO-Lab-The Shoe Spa, Z/Sports Group, Blush!, Mary Chia Beauty & Slimming Specialist, Ace Kids Pre-School & Enrichment Centre and K-Box Karaoke who are here to meet local investors.
There was an aquarium showcase, offering a glimpse of Aquatica KK which will take up a significant space in 1 Borneo to make it a major tourist attraction for the city. Once ready, Aquatica KK will feature over 500 species of marine life with over 5,000 fish, sharks and rays. The aquarium will incorporate the Ocean Science Discovery Centre which will be an interactive learning experience for children and adults.
There was also the Malaysian Crafts Showcase, a grand display and demonstrations of the trades of the major ethnic groups in Malaysia. These included sompoton making, the traditional Iranun cloth weaving and Rungus basket weaving from Sabah, and sape making and pua weaving from Sarawak. From Peninsular Malaysia, craftsmen showed their skills on batik printing, kris making, kain songket weaving and also kite making.
France Taipei put up an exquisite showcase of contemporary bridal packages to offer to the market here. An elaborate Malay wedding set up complete with pelamin was also on showcase. Raintree Furnishing House brought in their resort range of home furniture and decorative crafts.
On 6th August, there was also an investment talk which gave investors and retailers the opportunity to listen to presentations from the consultants from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, and also professionals from the Franchise Advisory Board and Berbadanan Nasional Berhad.