The country's tourism sector for 2018, records another milestone in international tourist arrivals through the Brunei International Airport with the highest number of arrivals ever recorded. In its media release, the Tourism Development Department, Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, stated international tourist arrivals has grown by 7.4 per cent year-on-year.
In 2017, more than 250 thousand tourists were recorded to have arrived in the country and increased to over 270 thousand in 2018. This achievement has surpassed the initial projection for 2018. The number of tourist arrivals shows a positive trend from 2015 and continues to increase towards the development of tourism in Brunei Darussalam.
The growth of 7.4 per cent was mainly due to the consistent impact of high travel demand from the four main markets since 2017 with the Far East Market contributing the highest growth at 17.8 percent, followed by the Australia and New Zealand market at 10.9 percent, Long Haul market at 2.9 percent and ASEAN market at 2.4 per cent.
The introduction and enhancement of several tourism products with continual support from travel agents in promoting Brunei Darussalam as the preferred tourist destination and Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) in improving air connectivity with the introduction of new scheduled flights and services, have also contributed to tourism growth.
International sports events such as the Richard Mille Brunei Championship, Korea Ladies Professional Golf Association's (KLPGA) tournament; Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy (HBT) 2018 for ASEAN Youth Football Tournament, Brunei Darussalam Regatta, Royal Brunei Enduro 2018; the BIMPNT-EAGA Friendship Games and a number of international events under the Brunei December Festival 2018 campaign, are among the contributors to the increase in number of tourists for 2018.