| Siti Hajar |
THE country is expected to see an increase in local travellers by the year-end, Abacus Brunei said yesterday, strongly indicating that Bruneians are undeterred by the recent aviation tragedies that have swayed global confidence.
“The expectation for this year’s outbound travellers is 15 per cent more compared to last year,” Abacus Brunei Manager for Sales and Marketing Abd Halim bin Hj Abd Rahman said in an interview.
“The (airline) tragedies haven’t affected the market and instead we have seen a rise in the number of travellers who book using Abacus’ services,” he explained.
“Travelling is an activity that many people want to do unlike before when only those with enough luxury can opt to travel. Now with cheaper fares, almost everyone can afford to do so,” he said, adding that with regulators imposing limits on credit spending, “people are now able to save more and thereby providing them with more disposable income.”
Over the past few years, he said, bookings through Abacus Brunei have steadily increased with Chairman of Abacus Brunei, Dermot Mannion, also expressing confidence that travel growth will be positive.
For those looking for better deals to fly off within the coming months, the 11th Abacus Holiday Travel Fair is held until today at The Centrepoint Hotel in Gadong with 250,000 seats to dozens of destinations up for grabs at heavily discounted prices.
During the fair’s official launch, Dermot Mannion praised the event as one which is “an excellent platform for the travel industry to create ample opportunities for our travel agents and suppliers”.
“We are looking forward to see travellers taking this advantage to make their advance purchases for the next six months in order to get good deals offered by our partners and win attractive prizes,” he said. The offers include free air tickets and other merchandise.
Seven Abacus Brunei-based travel agents are made accessible during the fair will also help connect potential travellers to more than 40 Abacus terminals worldwide and thus making it more convenient for those looking to travel abroad.
Also taking part are airlines, national tourist offices as well as hotel agents, all of which are promoting and showcasing their products and services.
“The fair aims to stimulate demand at both ends of the spectrum, providing travellers with the convenience of shopping for a wide range of great travel deals under a single roof,” said Abacus Brunei in a press release.