Islamic tourism is a fast-growing tourism sector with potential for Brunei Darussalam’s social and economic development, said Acting Director of Arts and Culture Haji Mohd Abdoh bin Haji Awang Damit at the Workshop on Cultural Tourism Development in Brunei Darussalam yesterday.
“Through dialogue and partnerships with stakeholders from both the government and non-government sectors, it will be possible to come up with some resolutions, strategies and action plans as a way forward for the development of this sector,” he said.
Held at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) building, the workshop was co-organised by the MCYS and the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT) as an initiative of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO).
The session opened with a keynote presentation by Professor Dr Khairil Wahidin bin Awang from the Faculty of Hospitality, Tourism and Welfare at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK).
This was followed with a group activity involving 30 participants representing several sectors responsible for the development of tourism in Brunei. They comprised senior officers from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA), the MCYS, higher educational institutions, Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Tarbiyyah Global, Brunei Association of Travel Agents (BATA), Brunei Association of Hotels (BAH) and travel agency companies.
Held within the framework of Bandar Seri Begawan as the Capital of Islamic Culture for the Asian Region 2019, the one-day event explored the need to define ‘Islamic Tourism’ in relation to Brunei Darussalam, and its potential in driving the country’s social and economic development.
Deputy Permanent Secretary (Tourism) at the MPRT Wardi bin Haji Mohammad Ali, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Cultural) at the MCYS Dr Siti Norkhalbi binti Haji Wahsalfelah and senior officers from both ministries were among those present at the workshop.