Korean tourist arrivals surge over 7,000

|     Danial Norjidi     |

STATISTICS reveal between January to October in 2018, 7,442 Koreans arrived in Brunei, said Deputy Permanent Secretary (Tourism) at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism Wardi bin Haji Mohammad Ali.

He made this statement at the ASEAN-Korea Centre Capacity Building Workshop at the Radisson Hotel yesterday.

“We hope this number will continue to rise for both countries, Brunei Darussalam and Korea,” he added.

He expressed hope that with the increase in the frequency of flights to Korea, there will be stronger collaboration between the airlines, travel agents and hotels.

“This workshop is vital for the Brunei tourism industry in view of the increasing influx of tourists from Korea every year,” he said. “Korea is one of the main source markets for Brunei Darussalam and has now become part of our top 10 markets of total arrivals to the country by air.”

“These agencies need to work together in developing creative and exciting packages to attract more visitors to Brunei. This can be done by providing sustainable products and services which are of good quality, value for money, interesting, memorable, fun, unique, safe, clean and so on,” he added.

He said that the workshop’s theme, ‘Promoting Bandar Seri Begawan as an attractive growing travel destination’, is appropriate as Brunei’s well preserved nature, peacefulness, tranquillity and clean environment make the country a unique and popular destination.

“This is in line with the ministry’s vision to significantly increase the number of tourists visiting Brunei Darussalam from 218,000 in 2015 to 450,000 by 2020 and the mission is to strengthen our tourism products and major tourist attractions, develop new emerging products, activity-based and community-based tourism and improve the quality of the tourism services.”

Deputy Permanent Secretary (Tourism) at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism Wardi bin Haji Mohammad Ali. – DANIAL NORJIDI