Gov’t agencies collaborate to improve public transportation
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Tourism Development Department will be working with the Ministry of Communications (MinComm) to improve public transport accessibility for tourists, its acting director said.
In a recent interview, Hj Zulzalani Hj Osman said his department will intensify its collaboration with MinComm to ensure tourists arriving in the Serasa Ferry Terminal and Cruise Ship Centre at Muara Port have public transport access.
“We are in negotiations with MinComm so that bus services in the country can be expanded to include routes that connect tourists coming from those areas to potential tourism sites and central business districts of the country,” he said.
He said the collaboration is aimed to improve connectivity so that tourists would find it easy to travel in the country.
Currently, he said there are only a few buses that pass through the ferry terminal and the Cruise Ship Centre.
It was previously reported that tourists had issues with public transport in Brunei, such as infrequent public bus services and expensive taxi fares.
The acting director went on to say that many cruise ship tourists would have bought packages from tour operators or travel agencies, adding that this is why tour busses can sometimes be seen in the area.
“However, there are some tourists who are free and easy where they do not want to purchase these tour packages, but they need public transport to travel around the country and go sightseeing,” he said.
He said the increased connectivity of bus routes to tourism sites would mainly benefit these types of tourists.
Speaking on the sidelines of the Temburong bridge foundation laying ceremony last Saturday, Minister of Communications Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Hj Mustappa Sirat said his ministry has always established close collaborations with tourism authorities to facilitate the arrival of cruise ship tourists.
He said the ministry also aims to create opportunities for tourists to be able to travel and access the sites that Brunei has to offer.
“In regards to cruise ship visits, they are irregular so what we plan to do is to coordinate with the cruise ship centre’s schedule so that when they arrive, there will be public transport facilities such as buses and taxis available for them,” he said.
The Brunei Times