Traditional welcome for first batch of Japanese tourists

|     Fizah HAB     |

TOURISTS from Japan arriving on the inaugural flight from Narita International Airport to Bandar Seri Begawan were given a warm welcome at the Brunei International Airport yesterday as the national carrier Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) launched its thrice weekly flights to Japan.

A group of 200 tourists from Japan booked the packaged tours offered by local travel agent Freme Travels. Their five-day-four-night adventure in the Sultanate will bring them to various tourist attractions in the capital and also the pristine forest of the Temburong District.

Upon arrival at the airport, they were welcomed with the traditional beating of the Hadrah by men dressed in their traditional Baju Cara Melayu while women dressed in the traditional Baju Kurung gave out Brunei souvenirs from Irama Bahtera team.

Bunga Manggar were also placed at the Arrival Hall of the airport to signify welcome and celebration in local tradition.

Representatives from the Brunei Tourism Board at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT) were also on hand to greet the passengers.

The thrice-weekly flights to Narita International Airport, using RB’s new fleet of Airbus A320neo aircraft, take place every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. And by June, it will increase to four times weekly.

Tourists from Japan are welcomed with the traditional beating of the Hadrah and Brunei souvenirs at the Arrival Hall of the Brunei International Airport. – FIZAH HAB