Briefings shed light on community-based tourism

James Kon

Briefings on community-based tourism and homestays were held at the former Tutong District Office building in Jalan Enchi Awang, Pekan Tutong yesterday.

It was jointly organised by the Tutong District Office and the Tutong District Promotion and Coordination Body with the collaboration of the Tourism Development Department.

The briefings were intended to provide the participants with an understanding of community-based tourism in terms of management, rules and standards, challenges and direction

CEO of the Tutong District Promotion and Coordination Body Muhammad Amir bin Haji Umarali said that under the motto ‘Explore the Beauty of Tutong’, the district has seen an annual increase of visitors, with around 50 places of interest and 10 accommodations.

A tourism officer spoke about community-based tourism as an activity that can provide villagers with employment opportunities, when conducted systematically and in accordance with the established standards.

A briefing about the concept and guidelines in the provision of homestay services including acquiring permission from the Tourism Development Department and other parties was also held.

The event was attended by 30 village heads, acting village heads, village consultative council members and managers of tourist sites in the Tutong District.

Tutong District Officer Shamsul Bahrin bin Haji Mohd Hussain and senior government officers were present.

Tutong District Officer Shamsul Bahrin bin Haji Mohd Hussain in a group photo with senior government officers and participants of the briefing