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MPRT seeks development of tourism apps

THE Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT) has urged mobile application developers to create apps that will guide foreign visitors about key tourist destinations in the sultanate.

Permanent Secretary at MPRT Dr Hj Abdul Manaf Hj Metussin said the agency wants to collaborate with local app developers in line with the country’s vision to diversify its economy and help boost the local tourism industry.

“I am encouraging local startups or stakeholders to work with MPRT as this (tourism apps) can generate income opportunity for them (local startups),” he told The Brunei Times at the sidelines of the recent launching of Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd’s sixth outlet.

Dr Hj Abdul Manaf said MPRT’s support will be in terms of providing information on Brunei’s tourist sites.

“With the app, we can also introduce our One Village One Product (OVOP) products,” he said.

Local mobile apps and website developers told The Brunei Times that the current government attention given to tourism can help boost local businesses.

“I think it is clear that tourism is given more attention nowadays and local businesses stand to benefit from it in the long run,” said Hiro Tien, founder of, Brunei’s collective purchasing website.

He said tourism can help grow Brunei’s economy as tourists will avail of local products and services such as spas, restaurants and retail outlets.

“There are many attractive places in Brunei tourists might not know at all because we are not exactly highly visible in the internet and travel sites such as TripAdvisor, ” he said.

Pg Md Khairi Pg Hj Metussin, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Mindplus Education, a Brunei tech company whose educational app was recently launched in Indonesia, said MPRT’s plan marks the government’s commitment to collaborate with local businesses to further improve the tourism industry.

For his part, local startup DotRoot Technologies Chief Executive Officer Muhd Saufi Jamahat said that a website “is the best platform to promote places of interest in Brunei”.

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