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Brunei joins Islamic tourism conference

A GROUP of government and private sector officials were in Kuala Lumpur recently to attend the World Islamic Tourism Conference and Expo 2015.

The delegation consists of officers from the State Mufti’s Office, the Tourism Development Department and Tourism Promotion Centre under the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, Darussalam Holdings Sdn Bhd and Royal Brunei Airlines.

The Pavilion Brunei booth at the three-day conference showcased a book on the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Islamic Exhibition Gallery (BPIS). The BPIS is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2017.

Dato Paduka Ahmad Bukhari Hj Abu Hanifah, director of administration at the State Mufti’s Office, delivered his paper titled “Knowledge Islamic Heritage Tourism” at the conference.

He said Islamic tourism should be used to promote national development.

Dato Paduka Ahmad Bukhari said Brunei can develop Islamic tourism and can be a tourist destination for Muslim travellers.

The Brunei delegation promoted the sultanate as a “Kingdom of Unexpected Treasures”. They also participated in business matching and attended OIC Higher Education Conference, World Islamic Tourism Conference and the OIC Asia Trade and Economic Forum.

The group went to a networking dinner hosted by Universiti Islam Malaysia (UIM) where a representative from the Brunei High Commission in Malaysia received a Benevolence Award for the support that Brunei has given to UIM.

Kedah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, Minister of Tourism and Culture Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Mohamed Nazri Tan Sri Abdul Aziz and Major General (Rtd) Dato Seri Jamil Khir Hj Baharom, Minister at Malaysia’s Prime Minister’s Office visited the Pavilion Brunei booth.

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