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Published on : Thursday, October 20, 2016
In the second half of 2016, Brunei has seen lesser number of tourists by air, but number of tourists from China and Japan has gone up. According to official statistics, air arrivals for the second quarter of 2016 have dropped by 6% compared to last year, the only exception being the Far East, from where arrivals through Brunei Airport rose by 8.9%.
This increase in Chinese and Japanese visitors is due to simplification of Visa requirements in China and high Japanese currency rate. The overall drop in air arrivals is due to declining trend in travel demand, competition from other countries within the region and economic slowdown in markets like Australia, New Zealand, Europe and ASEAN.
The top countries for tourist arrival by air in second half of 2016 remained Malaysia, followed by China, Indonesia and the Philippines. In Brunei, 40% travelers traveled for leisure and holiday; 18.4% for business; 11.6% visited friends and relatives and 11% were in transit. China and Malaysia were principal contributors for leisure and holiday markets.