Brunei Sultanate targets to lure more tourist dollars

Published on : Monday, October 30, 2017

indexIn all the new Brunei tourism videos, scenes of divers falling into the sea to observe the wreckage of the ships sunken long back, and images of different families riding on a flying fox over the verdant rainforest can be seen to attract more overseas visitors, as the sovereign state wants to expand the sector against the backdrop of low global oil prices.

 

The government is expectant that double air arrivals from 218,000 in 2015 to 451,000 by 2020 will take place. It is interested to develop the revenue of the sector contribution of B$178.6 million (S$178.6 million), or 1.1 percent of the GDP 2016, to 3 percent in “incremental” stages, as confirmed by a senior tourism official.

 

“Tourism is one of the clusters that we have identified as having the potential to contribute to our country’s economy, which now relies heavily on oil and gas,” Mr Zamree Junaidi, the tourism development department director at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, said.

 

According to the official figures, gas and oil mining accounted for 41.7 percent of the GDP of the country in 2016, followed by manufacturing and government services. In a way towards a more expanded and competitive economy, the government has started to create policy reforms in non-energy sectors, like the tourism, halal business, and the technology and creative industry.

 

“What else can we do that’s different? Maybe it’s things we locals do that we take for granted and that we enjoy doing which we now want to introduce as a new tourism destination or package,” he added.

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