Destinasi Tutong takes off

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TUTONG’S community-based tourism initiative dubbed Destinasi Tutong took off yesterday with the signing of agreements between the district office, eight village consultative councils as well as small and medium enterprises.

Tutong District Officer Wardi Hj Mohammad Ali said effective and efficient management of the Destinasi Tutong programme can generate $2 million in sales of products, services and tours.

The tourism initiative is also expected to create about 300 employment opportunities, with the majority of the opportunities targeted at village consultative council members and Tutong residents.

Wardi said the agreements represented the start of the programme. The second stage will be to incorporate service providers outside of the district into the programme.

Tutong District Office, as the coordinating body for tourism promotion in the district, will serve as the focal point for any management-related issues.

The management comprised members of village consultative councils, corporate members and individuals who have the ability and expertise.

The programme is the district office’s strategic move in supporting Vision 2035 – to create high-quality standard of living as well as dynamic and resilient economy.

“This initiative aims to support efforts by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources to accelerate the country’s socio-economic development through small and medium enterprises. It is possible this programme will encourage the growth of foreign investment activities in the country,” he said.

With more than 30 attractions and more than 50 products under its ‘One Village, One Product’ initiative, the programme’s potential is vast, said the district officer.

The district office facilitated discussions with village consultative councils and SMEs on the provision of services for the programme, such as places of attractions, cultural performances, food catering, transportation and homestay.

He said the public-private partnership (PPP) approach was used to improve infrastructure.

“The potential of the programme is also assessed based on the district’s five unique ethnicities - Tutong, Dusun, Kedayan, Iban and Tiong Hua - who have their own cultural heritage that can be used to create community-based tourism with cultural events and generate economic spin-offs,” he added.

The district office signed food catering deals with Syarikat AS’SALAM Trading Company, Syarikat M.ART Restaurant & Catering, Suria Enterprise and My Kitchen Box.

For cultural performances, the programme will make use of gulingtangan (B2K), Kg Kiudang Village Consultative Council Cultural Bureau, Kg Bukit Udal Village Consultative Council Cultural Bureau and AJ Dancers.

Visitors will also be able to experience the making of handicrafts, with Kg Kiudang Village Consultative Council, Kg Pad Nunok Village Consultative Council and Kg Bukit Village Consultative Council known for their handiwork.

Telamba Homestay, Kiudang Guest House, Syarikat Wira Bina and Syarikat Mandian Puteri 7 also signed the agreement as accommodation providers.

Minister of Home Affairs YB Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awg Badaruddin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Awg Othman witnessed the signing between Tutong District Office and service providers at the district officer’s official residence.

The Brunei Times