The total number of international tourist arrivals in the country last year showed an increase compared to the previous year. This was due to several factors such as high travel market demand from the Far East, easy issuance of visas for tourists from the People's Republic of China, as well as booking of charter flights from the People's Republic of China and Republic of Korea.
According to the Tourism Development Department, the number of tourists arriving in the country shows an increase of 0.3% compared with the previous year from 218,213 tourists to 218,809 tourists.
The market from the Far East is the only market which recorded a positive growth apart from the Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China and Japan. However, there was a decline from Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and from ASEAN. This is due to the global economic downturn and high regional competition from regional countries such as ASEAN.
Most of the international tourists arriving in the country last year were from Malaysia, People's Republic of China, Republic of Indonesia, Republic of Philippines and the Republic of Singapore. This is because of facilities from the aspect of entrance through air and the country's nearby location makes Malaysia the top country recorded for tourist arrivals to the country.
ASEAN becomes the country's major tourism market for last year. Followed by the Far East, Europe, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand. Most of the tourists arriving in the country came for holidays. They also came for business purposes, visiting friends and relatives, transit, government matters and exhibitions. The People's Republic of China and Malaysia are among the top countries in terms of tourist visiting the country for the purpose of leisure and holiday.
Source: Radio Television Brunei