Employ registered boats, travel agents told
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
TRAVEL agents and tour operators in the sultanate providing tours of the Brunei River were told to only employ boat operators that have registered with the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism.
In an interview with The Brunei Times recently, Tourism Officer Salinah Hj Salleh said that there are currently only three boat operators that are registered under the ministry, adding that the three operators are often employed by travel agents to conduct tours of the Brunei River.
“This is necessary because we want to ensure the safety and security of all our tourists that are coming into the country (because) if these boat operators don’t register, there are lot of things, God forbid, that could happen,” she said.
She explained that when boat operators wish to come forward and register under the ministry, the Tourism Development Department will make sure that these operators have the proper licences, are insured and that their water vessels have the necessary equipment.
“We want our tourists to feel that they are in good hands when they come to Brunei (and) we want to make sure that these tourists are well taken care of (so) that they don’t have to fear anything dangerous happening to them,” she added.
The tourism officer went on to call on all boat operators in the capital to consider registering under the ministry, especially those who provide tours of the Kg Ayer (water village) to earn extra income.
She said that boat operators who wish to provide tours for tourists should also take the tour guiding skills courses provided by Laksamana College of Business.
“If they do wish to take on tour guiding, we have to make sure they have the necessary skills and that the information they provide to tourists are correct (because) we want to ensure good quality in the country’s tourism industry,” she said.
The Brunei Times