Tourists with high income sought
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism is seeking public-private partnerships to boost visitor numbers to Temburong, especially tourists with a higher disposable income.
Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Hj Ali Hj Apong said his ministry wants to attract “higher income segment of tourists” to Temburong.
Speaking on the sidelines of a recent working visit to Laksamana College of Business, he said focus will be given to improving facilities at Ulu Temburong National Park and accommodation as the park is among the ministry’s primary tourism products.
“We want to make sure the hotel (in Temburong) can be upgraded into a four- or five-star hotel, providing suites for high income and high networking tourists, including ambassadors, chief executive officers, ministers and expatriates.
“So if they want to go to Temburong with their families, they don’t need to rush, they can have a dining experience, touring and everything,” he added.
The minister further said upgrading Temburong facilities would encourage tourists to stay longer and enjoy their quality time there rather than opting for just a day trip in the district.
YB Dato Hj Ali said budget tourists and backpackers currently make up the bulk of visitors to Ulu Temburong National Park.
“There are day trips for hiking or camping for backpackers, but we want to open this for the higher segment of the market as well,” he added.
According to MPRT statistics, 40.7 per cent visited Brunei for leisure last year, up from 39 per cent in 2014.
The minister also called on the private sector to develop infrastructure and tourist attractions in the country.
“We need the private sector to develop the transportation and accommodation for tourists,” he said, adding that potential investors can strengthen tourist attractions by offering services and activities such as bird watching and diving.
“We want to make sure they are well-maintained, well-packaged, and people enjoy them so that they will come back,” YB Dato Hj Ali added.
The Brunei Times