ASEAN, Korean students to experience Brunei life in tour

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TUTONG

THE ASEAN-Korea Centre (AKC) is conducting a programme to promote people-to-people exchanges, nature conservation and community-based tourism.

A delegation of 22 students arrived in the sultanate on August 17 to take part in the ASEAN Community-based Tourism Programme comprising 12 South Korean university students and 10 ASEAN university students.

The students will be traveling to Temburong, Tutong and Brunei-Muara during their six-day stay.

“They will be participating in the planting of local trees, visiting a herbal tea house and taking a factory tour. They can experience firsthand the Bruneian lifestyle and culture and won’t be staying at a hotel but at a homestay,” said Kwon Mi-yeon, the Korean Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission.

The head of AKC’s Culture and Tourism Unit, Mohd Daud Mohd Arif, said yesterday that the programme was part of ASEAN’s goal and objective of developing sustainable tourism practices and getting local communities more involved in tourism.

“We want to make sure there is inclusivity of the people of ASEAN for the benefit of ASEAN. (Through the programme), we want to (promote an) understanding that community based tourism, which includes the local community, will benefit the tourism industry.”

He added that the theme of the programme, ‘Youth Fostering Sustainable Tourism Development’, aims to encourage their young participants to be proactive in protecting the ecosystem as well as gain a better understanding of the different cultures in ASEAN and Korea.

The Brunei Times