Domestic tourism boost gets thumbs up

James Kon

Participants of the new Domestic Tourism Campaign ‘Selera Bruneiku’ and Islamic Values in Tourism Services, welcome the initiative to boost domestic tourism as well as raise awareness on the many local delicacies and places of interest.

The Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT) and the Brunei Tourism Board, through the Tourism Development Department, are behind the initiative.

Twelve tour agencies, 10 hotels and 26 tourism service providers are offering domestic tourism packages under the new campaign launched by Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong yesterday.

The Rizqun International Hotel Chef Rezal Othman told the Bulletin, “This is a very timely initiative because people cannot go overseas at the moment, so we encourage the public to spend locally and support local businesses like small and medium enterprises (SMEs). ”

Meanwhile, Darussalam Holdings Sdn Bhd Marketing and Product Development Assistant Officer Siti Nur Hazirah binti Haji Abd Latif said, “Darussalam Travel & Tours has several domestic tourism packages like the River Cruise, Kenali Negara Kitani and Jungle Trekking. For extreme adventures, Darussalam Travel & Tours also offer Rampayoh Adventure, 2D/1N Mandaram X-treme and Explore Berambang Island Part II.

Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong with Darussalam Holdings officials. PHOTO: JAMES KON

She said, “This is a great initiative to promote domestic tourism. Why not take this opportunity to explore Brunei Darussalam. The packages we offer allows us to work with local communities. For the Tutong Labi Culture package, there are handicraft by the longhouse community for purchase. The last group we brought purchased every handicraft there was. Alhamdulillah, our tour packages have received very good response.”

Meanwhile, Kommunihub co-founder Irene Chow said, “People are looking for activities during the weekend and on holidays. We are usually busy on the weekends. People are spending their money and discovering things to do in the country. It is good that the travel industry has packages to attract locals to the many attractions and culture in the Sultanate.”

She said Kommunihub was established three years ago based on three philosophies – Connecting Cultures, Empowering People and Sustaining Communities. “We started with Eco Ponies and the local community. We built relations with the Tutong District community. We work with the local community to develop our own products. Our first product was the first outdoor cooking class in a village in Eco Ponies,” she said.

The second product is a traditional machete-making class by the Kedayan community in Tutong, she said.