Brunei International Flower Show ‘blooms’ on October 23

Rokiah Mahmud

The first Brunei International Flower Show (BIFS 2019) organised by the Tourism Development Department and Department of Agriculture and Agrifood of the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT) will be held at Rimba Garden Central (RGC) from October 23-27.

The BIFS 2019 is to be held in conjunction with the 73rd birthday of Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam, said Permanent Secretary at the MPRT Pengiran Haji Kamalrudzaman bin Pengiran Haji Mohd Ishak.

He made these comments at a press conference at Setia Pahlawan Hall of the MPRT, Jalan Menteri Besar yesterday.

Pengiran Haji Kamalrudzaman said the event carrying the theme ‘Brunei in Bloom’ is planned to be organised every October with it being a part of the ministry’s initiative to further boost the country’s tourism industry.

He said apart from that, BIFS 2019 aims as a medium to highlight and provide an avenue to showcase Brunei’s floriculture industry and provide another tourism product for horticulture enthusiasts and visitors to look forward to in Brunei every year.

Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism Pengiran Haji Kamalrudzaman bin Pengiran Haji Mohd Ishak, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Tourism) at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism Wardi bin Haji Mohamad Ali and other senior officers during the press conference. PHOTO: RAHWANI ZAHARI

“BIFS 2019 will also serve as a business matching platform and generate income for locals,” he said. The five-day event will include various activities around the vicinity of the Horticulture Business Centre in Kampong Rimba. The activities include talks, workshops, floral installations, international exhibits, children’s activities, farmer’s market and many more.

Over 100 varieties of locally grown and imported plants and flowers will also be on sale during the event.

Local and international exhibitors showcasing various products and items such as orchids, garden tools and high-end pots, cut flower arrangements, floral artwork and many more are among the attractions.

Visitors will also be treated to floral installations designed by local artists. The public is encouraged to come in their best attire for the floral festivities on October 27.

The public can also visit BIFS 2019 at Rimba Garden Central from 2pm-9pm from October 23 and 8am-9pm on October 24-27.

Deputy Permanent Secretary (Tourism) at the MPRT Wardi bin Haji Mohamad Ali; Special Duties Officer Grade II at the Tourism Development Department Rita Suzanty Andry, senior officers of the MPRT; event partners; travel agents, hoteliers, and members of the Brunei Darussalam Photography Association were also present at the press conference.