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Taiwan keen to attract more Bruneian tourists

TAIWAN is collaborating with local travel agencies in developing packages that will attract more Bruneian tourists.

Jason CH Wan, official representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Brunei, said the Taiwan Tourism Bureau is promoting Taiwan as a “Muslim-friendly” destination.

“Taiwan has been making efforts to create Muslim-friendly environments… we have Muslim restaurants and accommodations… prayer halls for Muslims… and the people in Taiwan (are) very friendly to Muslims and we also take care of our Muslim travelers’ safety,” he said at yesterday’s briefing at TECO’s office in Gadong.

He said over 1,500 Bruneian tourists visit Taiwan each year. Wan hoped local travel agencies, through their outbound tour packages, can encourage more Bruneians to visit Taiwan.

He said local travel agents joining the upcoming Brunei Travel Fair can promote Taiwan’s ecotourism, cultural and heritage sites, night markets and traditional health care therapies.

He said Taiwan has waived visa requirements for Bruneian citizens, with a maximum duration of 30 days since the beginning of August this year.

He said the visa waiver will save both travel time and cost, encouraging more Bruneians to visit Taiwan.

“Before first of August, Bruneians were required to apply for visa when they wanted to visit Taiwan. Bruneians had to pay $70 for visa application and it took three working days to process. But there is no need for that now,” he said.

The Taiwan Tourist Bureau is among the several tourism organisations that will join the upcoming Brunei Travel Fair.

The three-day event, which will start tomorrow, is expected to attract over 15,000 visitors.

Abd Halim Hj Abd Rahman, senior manager of fair organiser Sabre Travel Network (Brunei) Sdn Bhd said visitors will be able to buy discounted air fares, hotel rates and Haji and Umrah packages at the travel fair.

Mohd Hanif Abdullah, acting chief commercial and planning officer of Royal Brunei Airlines, said the flag carrier will offer “great value airfares” to visitors of the travel fair.

The travel agents that will join this weekend’s travel fair are Anthony Tours & Travel Agency, Century Travel Centre, Darussalam Holdings, Freme Travel Services, J J Tour Service, Pan Bright Travel Service, Southern Cross Travel Agencies and Straits Central Agencies.

The Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board, Sarawak Tourism Board, Taiwan Tourist Bureau, Tourism Authority Thailand, Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism, Royal Brunei Airlines, Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam and Baiduri Bank Berhad will also have booths in the travel fair.

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