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Arrival of International Visitors by Air Increased
November 9th, 2017 | 09:39 AM | 1038 views
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
65,747 tourists arrived in the country through the Brunei International Airport in the second quarter of this year compared to 52,292 tourists of the same period last year. According to the Tourism Development Department, Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism's statistics, tourist arrivals by air shows a positive and robust performance with an increase of 25 point 7 percent year-on-year. This was mainly attributed to the consistent high travel demands from the main market areas, with continual increase of air connectivity due to chartered flights from the Far East market. This is due to the improved travel facilitation and modest global economy recovery from last year despite high regional competition from neighbouring countries.
Apart from that, every market comprising ASEAN, Far East, Australia and New Zealand and Long Haul markets have all shown significant improvements.
The Long Haul markets contributed the highest growth at more than 34.4 percent year-on-year, followed by the Far East markets at more than 24.9 percent year-on-year, ASEAN at more than 20.3 percent year-on-year and Australia as well as New Zealand markets both at more than 9.4 per cent year-on-year.
Malaysia, China, Indonesia, Philippines and Singapore are among the top five countries arrived to Brunei Darussalam in the second quarter this year. In total, the top five countries have contributed the major portion of international tourist arrivals into the country at 64.4 percent from the total tourist arrivals.
Moreover, since the month of January 2017, China and South Korea are amongst the top target markets by countries for Brunei Darussalam with growths of 18 percent year-on-year and 146 percent year-on-year respectively.
In the second quarter this year, the ASEAN region remained as the largest source market at 52.6 percent compared to 54.9 percent last year; followed by the Far East region at 22.9 percent compared to 23.1 percent last year. The Long Haul market such as Europe and Middle East at 10.6 percent percent, increased from 9.9 percent last year while Australia and New Zealand markets both contributed at 3.5 percent, 9.6 percent in the same period last year.
The main purpose of visit to Brunei Darussalam is for leisure and holiday purposes at 41.9 percent same period last year. About 13.8 percent share of tourists travel for business reason than 18.4 percent last year, followed by visiting friends and relatives at 10.8 percent, decreased from 11.6 percent. Transit at 8.9 percent than 11 percent last year, with Government purposes at 2.9 percent increased from 2.6 percent while exhibition at 0.6 percent, and others recorded an increased at 12.3 percent and not specified at 8.9 percent. China and Malaysia remained as the main contributors for the leisure and holiday market of 13.5 percent and 6.9 percent respectively.
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