The introduction and improvement of several tourism products is among the factors that has contributed to the increase in number of tourists arriving by air to the country. The introduction of visa-on-arrival and the introduction of new services through Royal Brunei Airlines, RB and Lucky Air are also among the factors that have contributed to the growth of the tourism industry in the country. According to the Ministry of Primary Resource and Tourism, the number of tourist arrivals by air last year increased to nearly 260 thousand compared to 220 thousand in 2015 and 2016.
According to the Ministry, one of the main factors which attracted tourists to the country last year was the Golden Jubilee Celebration of His Majesty's Accession to the Throne. According to Awang Wardi bin Haji Mohammad Ali, the Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, statistics from 2016 to 2017 has shown an 18 percent increase in tourist numbers, and expressed hope to increase this figure through various attractive activities and products which will require cooperation from the public in order to support and achieve this objective. Awang Wardi pointed out that this is just one example of the Whole Government Approach to support all tourism services in the country not only in terms of receiving tourists, but also in terms of connectivity, food and accommodation.
The tourism sector is undoubtedly seen as one of the vital contributors to the country's economic growth. The Ministry of Primary Resources will continue to be active in promoting the tourism industry through various initiatives. Awang Wardi said that in the short term, improvement will continuously be made to the tourism products being offered and in ensuring that they remain relevant and attractive. He added that the Ministry has also received proposals to increase the number of places for tourists which can be developed, which in the long term will allow the country to receive more tourists.
Source: Radio Television Brunei