Tutong offers a lot to discerning tourists

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DATO  Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong, Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism, yesterday lauded the efforts of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Tutong District Office, Tutong District Tourism Promotion and Coordination Body, Village Consultative Council Committee and the Tutong District community in actively promoting tourism products and services to both local and foreign visitors.

In his speech at the launching of eight new Tutong Destination Packages, the minister also highlighted the popularity of the Tutong District among Bruneians, saying, “People come from all districts to queue as early as 6am, to buy ‘rojak’ and wrapped glutinous rice (pulut panggang).

“Other than food, we also have Tasek Merimbun here, which has been declared as one of the Asean National Heritage sites since 1984, Brunei’s largest blackwater lake with an area of 220 hectares; a refreshing waterfall at the Wasai Bedanu Recreational Park; the Batu Mapan Recreational Park; and a beautiful beach at Seri Kenangan, which is set on a sliver of land, with the South China Sea on one side and the Tutong District on the other, with arguably one of the best spots for sunsets in Brunei.

“There are many great attractions here in Tutong, which have yet to be discovered by visitors. Other than the flora and fauna that you can see in the parks and the cruise along the Tutong River, there are also interesting tales that you learn about this town when taking a city tour. In addition, you will also find a number of community-based activities.”

Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong enjoys a cruise down the Tutong River. The cruise is one of eight tour packages launched yesterday to showcase to tourists the hotspots and attractions of the Tutong District
Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong, Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism, launching the Tutong Destination Package promotion
Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali touring the exhibition area. – PHOTOS: DEAN KASSIM

Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali then cited the district’s leading local produce, such as the stingless bee honey from the Tasbee Meliponiculture Farm, the herbal tea of Kampong Kiudang, and the sago and virgin coconut oil from Kampong Tanjong Maya, while encouraging all those present to explore what Tutong District has to offer.

He also encouraged airlines, hotels and travel agents to collaborate with these tour product providers to add more variety and choice to their existing tour programmes.

“This is vital in making Tutong District as another main tourist destination in Brunei Darussalam,” he said.

The minister then concluded his speech on the hope that with more arrivals through chartered flights from China, and by providing exciting tour options, visitors would choose to stay longer in Brunei and further contribute to the economy.