‘Popular destinations may soon be developed’

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

SOME of Brunei’s popular spots such as Serasa Beach and the Berakas Forest Reserve and Recreational Park are among a selection of “emerging tourism products” eyed for an upgrade.

The Director of Tourism Development Hj Md Zamree Junaidi said that a tender to upgrade the Berakas Forest Reserve and Recreational Park had recently closed.

He added that the ministry and relevant agencies are looking into opening more popular destinations up for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to manage.

“(Unlike) the Berakas Forest Reserve and Recreational Park which is under our Forestry Department, some of these areas are not under Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT) hence we need to deal with the respective ministries,” said Hj Md Zamree.

The director said that other locations are currently still being looked into as some are not under the jurisdiction of the ministry, thus require more discussion and collaboration with other ministries.

He added that MPRT is taking popular activities such as bird watching, traditional sports and diving into consideration as they have potential to draw tourists.

During the launching of the Temburong Holiday Destination packages yesterday at the MPRT Setia Pahlawan Hall, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Hj Ali Hj Apong said these areas, referred to as emerging products, include Pantai Serasa, Berakas Forest Reserve and Recreational Park, and Tasek Merimbun.

“MPRT, together with other relevant agencies, is currently examining the potential of these emerging tourism products to be upgraded and eventually developed as primary (tourism) products,” said the minister yesterday.

The Brunei Times