Tourism dep’t to open up offices in Temburong
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Department of Tourism will be opening up new offices in the Temburong district as part of several initiatives by the ministry of primary resources and tourism to further improve the industry.
During the ongoing 12th Legislative Council (LegCo) session yesterday, the LegCo member Yang Berhormat Hj Sulaiman Hj Ahad had earlier asked if the ministry is planning any further efforts to promote tourism in the Temburong district.
In response, the Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Hj Ali Hj Apong said that plans are in place for the setting up of the branches in the district, although a specific timeline was not given.
“The department has been in discussions with the Temburong District Office regarding the proposal to set up new branches in Temburong in the near future,” he said.
“In addition, the Department of Tourism has also designated several officers to be posted permanently at these new branches of the department,” he said.
Elaborating on the purpose of the planned new branches, the minister said that it will help facilitate cooperation between the different stakeholders in the industry within the district to improve the existing tour products such as those available in Batang Duri and Ulu Temburong.
“Amongst the duties and responsibilities of these officers are to ensure that the tour products that are being offered in Temburong meets the regulations and current demands of the market,” he said.
At the same time, the minister also said that the department will soon provide training courses to ensure that tour operators and guides are compliant with the national philosophy.
“To ensure that tour guides and operators take into account our national philosophy of MIB (Malay Muslim Monarchy), the Department of Tourism is undertaking an initiative to provide short training course for them,” he said.
The ministry is also promoting the CAE Brunei Multi-Purpose Training Centre (MPTC) as one of the tourist pulls to Brunei.
“Indeed, one of the tourism activities in Brunei is those related to MICE (Meeting, Education, Conference and International Meeting) so therefore the MPTC too, is already (considered) part of MICE tourism activities,” he said.
The MPTC, located in Rimba, is used for aviation, defence, oil and gas and crisis and emergency management training.
Meanwhile, the minister also revealed that the Pulau Selirong Recreational Park will be promoted as a tourist destination, in line with plans for other recreational and national parks in the country.
“It is definitely in the plans and programme of the Forestry Department to open up the Pulau Selirong Recreational Park as a destination for eco-tourism,” the minister said.
“In addition, the Pulau Selirong Recreational Park will also be promoted as a place for educational and scientific research purposes for institutions from both within the country and abroad,” he said.
However, the minister said that there will not be any plans to develop any infrastructure on the recreational park in question.
“The ministry has already conducted a feasibility study on building infrastructures such as accommodations whereby it was concluded that the place was not suitable for such undertakings due to the lack of facilities such as electrical and water supply as well as safety considerations for visitors,” he said.
The Brunei Times