By James Kon
Bandar Seri Begawan - The peace and harmony and breathtaking sights of pristine rainforest in Brunei Darussalam will be the top selling point for the nine London travel agents who are currently on a three-day familiarisation tour here hosted by Royal Brunei Airlines.
During a luncheon hosted by RBA at Portview yesterday afternoon, Donna Scanlan, Training Manager of Quest Travel, UK, said that the Temburong rainforest with the peaceful scenery is a fabulous tourist attraction. She added that the canopy walk was exhausting but the view from the top was so amazing that it just took her breath away.
This is the first time Donna Scanlan is visiting Brunei and she was delighted with the great hospitality of the people here and the warm welcome she received.
Speaking about Brunei as one of the main tourist destinations in UK, she said that there is still not a lot of people in UK who know much about Brunei.
She hoped that after the trip to Brunei she will be able to share her experience with her customers and other agents in UK and promote Brunei as a stop-over destination for two or three days for travellers from London to Australia or New Zealand.
Brigid Church, Sales Consultant of STA Travel, shared the same excitement on the friendliness of the people and the beautiful scenery of the rainforest in the Sultanate.
"It was fantastic, the friendly welcome, the canopy walk at the rainforest and the jetboat ride was simply amazing," she said.
Brunei is a very easy place to travel to, especially when most of the population speak good English, she added.
The other London-based travel agents in the familiarisation tour were Jonathan Millerick from Lotus Travel; Samuel Rowsell from Kuoni Travel; Jason Buffey of Travelpack Travel; Camilla Rigby of Jetset Travel; Karma Kawecki from Lees Travel; Tracey Kent of Wexas Travel; and Deborah Whitehair, Sales Executive of RBA London.
Also present at the luncheon yesterday were Dayang Nurul Suzzaine Abdullah, RBA's Product Development Manager; Michelle Lim Pei Sze, RBA's Assistant to Regional Manager Europe/MEA/ISC/North America; Dk Rodzi Pengiran Haji Abd Rahman, RBA's Regional Controller for M.E., Africa and India; and Hajah Mardianah, RBA's Assistant Public Relations Officer.
Besides the fascinating experience of the Ulu Temburong rainforest, the group of London travel agents also visited the Jerudong Park playground, Brunei Museum, Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien mosque, Royal Regalia and Kampong Ayer. They also went on a tour to watch Brunei's proboscis monkeys.
Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin