Foreign tourist arrivals to Brunei witnesses slight rise in 2016

Published on : Monday, March 20, 2017

Foreign tourist arrivals to BruneiBrunei’s tourism sector received a mild thrust last year with the arrival of 218,809 international tourists in 2016 which is 0.3 percent year-on-year increase.


Due to its easy air accessibility and proximity, Malaysia contributed to the top tourist arrivals in 2016 with 24.8 percent (26.6 percent in 2015), followed by China in second place with 18.7 percent (16.9 percent in 2015).


Indonesia scaled up one ranking at 9.5 percent (7.9 percent in 2015), Philippines dropped to fourth place at 7.8 percent (8.2 percent in 2015) and Singapore remained at the same position from last year at 6.6 percent (7.4 percent in 2015).


Last year, the top five countries have contributed the majority portion of international tourist arrivals into the country at 67.4 percent.


According to latest statistics from Brunei’s Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT), the East Asia region was the only source market that has continued to show positive growth in 2016 at 10.4 percent.


The main purpose of visit to Brunei was for leisure and holiday purposes at 42.8 percent (40.7 percent in 2015) while about 17.1 percent of tourists travelled for business (19.0 percent in 2015). This was followed by visiting friends and relatives at 11.6 percent (12.1 percent in 2015).


The increase can be attributed to the high travel demand from the East Asia market, visa facilitation (visa on arrival) for China and chartered flights from China and South Korea, Bernama News quoted a local daily as reporting.


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