Possible June festival amid school break, says minister

James Kon

Discussions are on to propose June as the conference and seminar season with expos and exhibitions, Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong said, speaking on plans to introduce festivities during the June school holidays.

“We hope this will attract local and international organisers. The matter is still under discussion. We will wait for its confirmation and then inform the public,” he said.

Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali made these comments on the sideline of the launch of the two-day China Day at the Indoor Stadium yesterday.

“The Brunei December Festival was first introduced as an activity for December amid school holidays, with the majority of the people travelling abroad,” he said.

In the past four years, we have been organising the Brunei December Festival as an opportunity for locals to organise activities and the public to consider ‘staycation’.

Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong speaks to the media during the event. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR

The minister continued, “The involvement of foreign diplomats in the Brunei December Festival is very much welcome. We are thankful to embassies and high commissions for organising activities as part of the Brunei December Festival. We hope such activities will continue in the future. “These activities allow people in Brunei Darussalam to better understand other countries’ cultures.”

Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali thanked the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Brunei Darussalam and the Brunei-China Friendship Association for hosting the China Day event.

Speaking on domestic tourism, he said the campaign launched by Brunei Tourism Board received a good response.

“We have seen synergy between the promotion of local tourism and Brunei December Festival. We hope this will carry on into the future,” the minister said.