| Danial Norjidi |
THE topic of ‘Tourism in the Development Agenda’ was discussed during the first session of the International Tourism Conference and Exhibition (ITCE) 2018 yesterday at the Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Institute of Health Sciences (PAPRSB IHS), Universiti Brunei Darussalam.
The first session saw three presentations delivered, beginning with one from Haji Muhammad Safwan bin Abdullah Bibi, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Brunei Darussalam Heart of Borneo (HoB) Centre, Ministry of Primary of Primary Resources and Tourism.
He spoke on the Heart of Borneo Initiative and its contribution towards ecotourism development in Brunei Darussalam.
This was followed by a presentation entitled ‘Cross-border tourism between Brunei and Eastern Malaysia’ by Dr Shirley Chin Wei Lee from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. In her presentation, Dr Shirley highlighted that cross-border tourism has become an increasingly important tourism activity between Brunei and Eastern Malaysia. Her paper focussed on factors influencing the frequency of cross-border tourism and investigated cross-border shopping behaviour of visitors between Brunei and Eastern Malaysia.
The third and final presentation of the session was delivered by Muhammad Ashifan Nur Arifin from the Department of Regional and City Planning, School of Architecture, Planning and Policy Development, Institute of Technology Bandung.
Muhammad Ashifan presented on ‘Launching Visit Heart of Borneo’ and ‘The Implication to Border Spatial Plan of Three Neighbouring Countries: Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia’.
The three speakers then responded to queries from attendees in a question-and-answer session, before the proceedings of the ITCE 2018’s first session concluded.