Brunei organisations win ASEAN Tourism Standard Awards

THE ASEAN Tourism Awards Ceremony was held at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT) yesterday.

Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong presented the awards.

Deputy Permanent Secretary at the MPRT Wardi bin Haji Mohammad Ali was also present.

The winners were announced during the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2019 in Ha Long City, Vietnam on January 18.

Brunei Darussalam was among the recipients of the ASEAN Tourism Awards – the 1st ASEAN Public Toilet Standard Award, the 1st ASEAN Spa Standard Award, the 2nd ASEAN Community-Based Tourism Standard Award and the 3rd ASEAN Homestay Standard Award.

Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong in a group photo. – MPRT

The awards aimed to increase the quality of human resources, services and facilities through standards in the ASEAN region. It also sought to recognise stakeholders who fulfilled the standards developed by ASEAN member countries in the tourism sector.

The 1st ASEAN Public Toilet Standard Award was awarded to five recipients – The Brunei International Airport Public Toilet, the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex Public Toilet, the Tasek Merimbun Heritage Park Public Toilet, Brunei Malay Technology Museum Public Toilet and the Horizons Seafood Restaurant Public Toilet. The ASEAN Public Toilet Standard was developed to ensure the quality, comfort, safety and proper waste management of public toilets in general at tourist destinations within the ASEAN Region.

The 1st ASEAN Spa Standard Award was awarded to five recipients – Trueliving Spa & Studio, The Empire Hotel & Country Club Spa/Day Spa, Essensuals Beauty Hair & Nail Spa, Reflection Eco Holistics (B) Sdn Bhd and Cantik Spa Beautyline. The ASEAN Spa considers essential elements of professional and quality spa operations which include the place, service, people, product, equipment, management and environment.

The 2nd ASEAN Community Based Tourism Standard Award was awarded to Kampong Sungai Bunga Village Consultative Council and Sumbiling Eco Village. The standard aimed to create quality visitor experience by showcasing community livelihoods, and natural and cultural assets in a presentable, safe and attractive manner. The standard can be applied to Community Based Tourism initiatives throughout ASEAN member countries as a benchmark of performance to assure visitors that their visit will be enjoyable, meaningful and meet expectations. It also sought to ensure communities, and their natural and cultural heritage resources are protected, and that income flows to the community to improve local well-being.

The 3rd ASEAN Homestay Standard Award was awarded to Seri Tanjung Homestay, Kampong Sungai Bunga. The ASEAN Homestay Standard focusses on the homestay, where guests will stay with the host’s family and experience the everyday way of life of the family and community in both a direct and indirect manner and focusses on criterias such as the host, accommodation, activities, authenticity, management, location, safety and security, marketing and sustainability principles.