Thursday, February 26, 2009

Regional tours top choice among Bruneians

By Azlan Othman

Regional destinations like Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Bangkok and Hong Kong are popular among Bruneian travellers due to cheaper Internet hotel rates and favourable exchange rates. Individual travel too is also peaking-up in addition to family travel.

"While tourism around the region has suffered with tourists forgoing their holiday to make ends meet, Bruneians are still keen to travel during this hard time.

"Every year, there has been an increase in bookings where Bruneians prefer the Golden Touch holiday packages offered by RBA," officials from Abacus Brunei and RBA said.

The fourth annual Belait Travel Fair will be held from Feb 28 to March 1 at OGDC in Seria. The two-day travel fair from 9am to 7pm will gather six travel agents who will promote and showcase their products in 11 booths.

"Many inquiries are made by the public on holiday packages especially to Kota Kinabalu, which is a hot destination especially with the opening of the new one stop shopping centre, 1Borneo."

Travel fair patrons will stand an opportunity to win RBA air tickets to Brisbane, Bangkok and Singapore, and win money courtesy of Baiduri Bank, up to 200,000 Royal Skies miles and a number of electrical goodies.

Consumers bringing their families can look forward to face painting, children's colouring contest, quizzes and spin the wheel. Free ice cream and balloons will be given away during the travel fair.

Participating agents will be promoting RBA family and friends fares and Golden Touch holiday packages. Baiduri Bank will be giving away up to 100,000 travel points, and corporate gifts to winners of the quiz mania and children's colouring contest.

Abd Halim Hj Abd Rahman, Sales and Marketing Manager of Abacus Brunei said, the main aim of the travel fair has always been to provide a platform for our travel agents to acquire new customers, to deliver even better value for their existing customers and at the same time provide an opportunity for residents in the Belait district to shop around and book a dream holiday from the best deals offered.

The 4th annual Belait Travel Fair is also supported by American Express, Baiduri Bank, Fratini's Restaurant, Royal Brunei Catering, RMS Diner, RMS Portview, Shikai Restaurant, Takaful IBB Bhd, Telekom Brunei Bhd and TNT.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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