His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, yesterday afternoon received in audience 18 delegates comprising Ministers, Deputy Ministers and representatives of Ministers of ASEAN, the People’s Republic of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea; the Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN; the Secretaries-General of ASEAN Centres; and a representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) who are attending the 39th ASEAN Tourism Forum 2020, which was held in Brunei Darussalam from January 12-16.
Also present at the audience ceremony was His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office.
At the audience ceremony, His Majesty, among other things, expressed support for all the delegates’ efforts in promoting tourism as it could enhance the economic outcomes of each ASEAN member state, which is in line with the support from other ASEAN leaders for such efforts.
The tourism industry also plays an important role in helping the hospitality industry as well as small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to generate more income in their respective fields.
Delegates to the 39th ASEAN Tourism Forum who were present at the audience ceremony with His Majesty were Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism of Brunei Darussalam Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong, Minister of Tourism of Cambodia Dr Thong Khon, Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic Professor Kikeo Khaykhamphitoune, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture of Malaysia Datuk Mohammadin Ketapi, Union Minister of Hotels and Tourism of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar U Ohn Maung, Secretary of the Department of Tourism of the Republic of Philippines Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Vice Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia Angela Tanoesoedibjo, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Le Quang Tung (as representative of the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam), Vice Minister of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China Zhang Xu, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan Wada Masamune, Chief Executive of Singapore Tourism Board Keith Tan (as representative of the Minister of Trade and Industry of the Republic of Singapore), Advisor to the Minister of Tourism and Sports of the Kingdom of Thailand Siraphop Duangsodsri, (as representative of the Minister of Tourism and Sports of the Kingdom of Thailand), Director-General for Tourism Industry Policy of Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea Hyun Rae Jo (as representative of the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea), Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN Aladdin D Rillo, (as representative of the Secretary-General of ASEAN), Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, UNWTO Xu Jing (as representative of the Secretary-General of UNWTO), Secretary-General of the ASEAN-China Centre Chen Dehai, Secretary-General of the ASEAN-Japan Centre Masataka Fujita, and Secretary-General of the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Centre Lee Hyuk.
The audience ceremony took place at Baitur Rahmah, Istana Nurul Iman.