By James Kon
Bandar Seri Begawan - Brunei's clean and pristine look has managed to impress a group of eight Brisbane travel agents who are currently on a Familiarisation Tour to Brunei sponsored by the Royal Brunei Airlines.
During a luncheon hosted by the Royal Brunei Airlines at the Portview Restaurant, Mr Jim Basedow, Director of Sales and Marketing of Borneo Holiday and Fiona Taylor from Infinity Company in Australia were amazed with the clean and beautiful scenery of many tourist destinations in Brunei.
Speaking on how to market Brunei as a tourist destination to Australians, Mr Basedow told the Bulletin that with RBA having numerous accesses within the Borneo region, Brunei could be a stopover destination together with other neighbouring countries for individual travellers especially golfers.
Mr Basedow was astonished with the scenery of Water Village (Kampong Ayer) and the Jame 'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque. He said that the Water Village shows Brunei's own distinct culture and added Australian tourists would be amazed by the lifestyle of the Water Village's residents living in houses built on the river for decades.
Also present at yesterday's luncheon were Nurul Suzainee Abdullah, the Manager Product Development of RBA and Jennifer Y.M Lim, the Regional Controller - Eastern Australia & New Zealand as well as Olivia Teo, Sales Manager of the Empire Hotel and Country Club.
Led by Marissa Williamson of RBA Brisbane Office, the Brisbane travel agents include travel agents from Go Holidays, Global Fares & Conferences, Albatross Travel, Sabah Tourism, Beachcomber, Infinity Company and Borneo Holiday.
The group of Brisbane travel agents, who are staying at the Empire Hotel and Country Club, also visited the Water Village, Royal Regalia, and stopped by at Istana Nurul Iman and Jame `Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque.
Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin