| Lyna Mohamad |
BILATERAL meetings were held between the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT) and ASEAN-Japan Centre (AJC) followed by the ASEAN-Korea Centre (AKC) on January 18 at Ha Long City, Vietnam in conjunction with the 38th ASEAN Tourism Forum 2019.
Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong led the bilateral meetings.
Secretary General of AJC Masataka Fujita and Secretary General of AKC Lee Hyuk attended the meetings.
Ambassador of Brunei Darussalam to Vietnam Pengiran Haji Sahari bin Pengiran Haji Salleh, Permanent Secretary at the MPRT Pengiran Haji Kamalrudzaman bin Pengiran Haji Mohd Ishak and officials from the Tourism Development Department at the MPRT were also present.
The minister expressed gratitude to AJC and AKC for initiatives aimed at promoting tourism and strengthening people-to-people and cultural exchanges between Brunei Darussalam and Japan and the Republic of Korea in 2018 and looked forward to more activities in 2019.
During the bilateral meeting with AJC, tourism-related activities to increase arrivals between the two destinations were discussed. Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali expressed gratitude to the AJC for initiatives in providing capacity-building programmes to tour operators in Brunei Darussalam. The minister encouraged AJC to enhance cooperation in tourism-related initiatives such as providing language skills to tour guides as well as through youth exchange programmes.
The minister also thanked the AJC for its support and contribution by translating Brunei Darussalam’s tourism promotional materials into the Japanese language.
The country looks forward to collaborative efforts with the AJC in organising a Brunei Festival Week in February in conjunction with the inaugural flight to Narita, Japan.
Meanwhile, in the bilateral meeting with the AKC, Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali thanked the centre for the support in conducting tourism capacity-building workshops to tour operators and tour guides in communication, language and other services to facilitate tourists from the Republic of Korea more effectively.
The minister said the increase of tourist arrivals from the Republic of Korea was not only due to connectivity, but also through the efforts of tour operators providing media exposure to Brunei Darussalam.
The minister requested for the support of the AKC in translating tourism promotional materials into the Korean language for tour operators in the Republic of Korea to improve tourism promotion for Brunei Darussalam.
The country welcomes the support given by the AKC in organising the ASEAN Tourism Capacity Building Workshop from January 30-31 in the capital.
The minister encouraged for closer cooperation between the airlines, travel agents and the Brunei Tourism Board with the airlines and travel agents from the Republic of Korea.