Tutong OVOP goods sold online

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

BRUNEIANS can now purchase Tutong’s village products online and get them delivered to their doorsteps.

Muhammad Amir Hj Umarali, chief executive officer of the Tutong District Tourism Coordination and Promotion Body, said the online store will allow the tourism body to expand and break into foreign markets.

“In the next six to eight months, we will also expand our promotion to (the rest of) Asia and Europe. During this period, it will provide us with opportunities to improve the quantity and creativity of our products and make the services more competitive,” Muhammad Amir said in an interview.

The tourism and promotion body created the online store named Kedai Online Biskita as part of the district’s community-based Tutong Destination programme in partnership with the Tutong District Office’s Corporate Division.

More than 50 village products are available on the online store at www.tutongdestination.com, from health goods to handicrafts, food and souvenirs.

“The number of products will increase over time. The products in the innovative category are still in the planning stages for the international market,” he added.

Kedai Online Biskita manages the delivery of the products, while the products are supplied by the One Village, One Product (OVOP) Gallery (1K1P galeri), which is under the management of the Tutong District Office’s Corporate Division.

Muhammad Amir said Kedai Online Biskita will charge five per cent for each transaction as management and transaction costs.

“Customers can opt for payment by credit card or (through bank transfer). In addition, they can also choose to either have the products delivered (which will be charged at a fixed rate) or they can pick them up themselves at the OVOP Gallery (located at the Tutong District Office) by showing their purchase receipt,” he added.

The website, which uses the ‘one-stop website concept’, is designed and updated by the Tutong tourism and promotion body.

Muhammad Amir said they will be catering to the domestic market first, with marketing and promotion done through social media.

He went on to say that the online store will be regularly updated to include information on each product, the status of products such as the number in stock and provide the terms and conditions for payment, delivery and receipt of purchase to safeguard the rights of the sellers and online customers.

“Kedai Online Biskita will constantly improve its quality of service so that all transactions can be carried out as quickly as possible and free of any fraud or cyber crime so that our online customers can shop in comfort and continue to support local products,” he continued.

Muhammad Amir said no specific date has been set yet for the website’s official launch.

The chief executive officer added that the date will be determined following discussions with the tourism body and other parties.

Through the website, users can also access information on Tutong’s places of interest. There are currently 10 Tutong Destination packages and three educational visit packages on offer.

The Brunei Times