With a thriving tourism sector and engagement with private key stakeholders and development partners, such as the Northern Territory of Australia, the Asian Development Bank ADB and China, will continue to generate growth and prosperity for the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area or BIMP-EAGA region. The convergence initiatives between the tourism sector and other sectors, particularly in Transport that is evident in the expansion of air connectivity and in the cruise tourism development will support the overall growth of tourism. This was said yesterday morning by the Deputy Permanent Secretary for Tourism, Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism during the Opening Ceremony of the 16th BIMP-EAGA Joint Tourism Development JTD, Cluster Meeting at the Kiulap Plaza Hotel in Bandar Seri Begawan.
Awang Wardi bin Haji Mohammad Ali also said that delegates of BIMP-EAGA need to embrace the 4th Industrial Revolution in gearing towards smart tourism initiatives through the ICT Cluster, Socio-Cultural and Education Clusters, Customs, Immigration, Quarantine and Security or CIQs for a smooth and seamless travel. He added that these types of engagement and collaboration with other partners remain relevant in supporting the sustainable and inclusive growth in the East Asia Growth Area region in the face of uncertain global economic conditions.
The meeting discussed the progress of the implementation of the 2017-2019 'Rolling Pipe 1' project, based on the 2019 Strategic Planning Meeting, particularly on tourism access and support infrastructure, as well as human resource development in tourism.
Source: Radio Television Brunei