Two-week regatta exhibition records over 650 visitors

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Museums Department has touted the Regata Brunei Darussalam Exhibition 2016 as a success after more than 600 people toured the exhibits at the Waterfront Art Gallery in the capital.

In an email interview, the department said the exhibition was considered a success in fostering an interest in the traditional sport among locals.

Out of the 661 visitors who signed the guestbook, 547 were locals while the remaining 114 were foreigners.

“The number of visitors to this exhibition is normally at least triple the (stated) number because most visitors would not register their names in the guestbook. The number is quite significant taking into consideration the two-week period,” said the Museums Department.

The department said the opening date of the exhibition, which was on the same day as the regatta, as well as the interest of the public contributed to the high turnout.

The exhibition from August 21 to September 4 showcased the involvement of the monarch in boat races as well as other regatta competitions participated by foreign contestants and private sector throughout the years.

When The Brunei Times visited the exhibition last month, the content of the exhibits was displayed in the Malay language.

When asked if there are plans to include more languages for the benefit of tourists, the department said that it depends on the exhibition being displayed.

“The Museums Department would provide information in English for some exhibitions.

“Other languages are also considered when appropriate such as Arabic, but would depend on the specific exhibition,” said the department, adding that it has always taken the interests of visitors into account.

The regatta exhibition has since been moved and is now being showcased in the Maritime Museum.

The Museums Department said that the move was hoped to not only gather more visitors to view the exhibition but also to attract more visitors to the Maritime Museum.

According to the statistics provided, the Maritime Museum has welcomed a total of 33,386 visitors last year.

This year, 10,376 visitors were registered as of July 2016.

“We hope that the number of visitors would increase through the continuation of the exhibition at the Maritime Museum which would be open to the public till December 31, 2016.”

The Brunei Times