Co-op ventures into tourism with hotel project
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
LOCAL cooperative Koperasi Rimbun Berhad (KOPRI) is looking to tap into the tourism industry with the construction of a four-star hotel in an effort to further diversify its business portfolio.
In a recent interview with The Brunei Times, KOPRI CEO Dato Paduka Seri Hj Abd Rahman Hj Awang Besar said the cooperative, whose core business is providing security services, is looking to expand its business operations by running a hotel in supporting the government’s call to spur domestic economic growth.
“We’re now waiting for the groundbreaking ceremony which is hopefully by the end of this year before we can proceed with the building’s construction,” he said.
According to the CEO, the hotel will be built on 1.5 acres of land strategically located near Brunei International Airport with the building to be next to the cooperative’s office at the BT Hj Uthman Complex in one of the commercial areas of Serusop.
The proposed eight-storey hotel will also be equipped with amenities such as a conference room, a swimming pool and a multi-purpose hall for hosting events.
Dato Paduka Hj Abd Rahman further highlighted that among the main aims for the cooperative to venture into this new business is to provide employment opportunities for local job seekers.
“We hope to contribute to the development of our nation because once the hotel is built, it will also create employment for our locals which can help reduce the current unemployment rate we have in the sultanate,” he said.
He said the cooperative is committed to hiring locals as its current staff of over 600 is Bruneians.
“Five hundred sixty-four of our staff are our security personnel, and many of them are retirees who have the qualifications and experience in security and law enforcement,” he said, adding that they also welcome school-leavers and fresh graduates.
Security guards from KOPRI are stationed at more than 100 government and private sector sites and buildings nationwide.
Dato Paduka Hj Abd Rahman said the more demand there is from companies in hiring their services, the greater the opportunity for the cooperative to hire more locals and contribute to the development of the nation’s economy.
The Brunei Times