The Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT) via its Tourism Development Department (TDD) has invested more than $5 million into several tourism projects which are expected to create over 40 jobs for the locals within the next five years.
These projects including building the district’s first ‘luxury’ eco-resort on a 2 hectare land in Kg Perdayan; renovating the old District Office to become an information centre; and setting up a River Centre in Kg Batang Duri.
All of these projects are also expected to provide micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the district with more opportunities to develop their businesses.
Costing about $4.5 million in total, the eco-resort project includes 30 accommodation units that may be classified according to its sizes, a fine-dining restaurant, a swimming pool and spa as well as facilities for recreational activities including jets and zip-lines.
With a total budget of $300,000, the Old District Office will be more than just an information centre for tourists; it will also be a café, a souvenir shop and a museum that provides spaces for local communities to showcase and sell their traditional crafts.
The River Centre in Kg Batang Duri which cost about $387,000 on the other hand, will serve as a shuttle facility for visitors wanting to go to the Ulu Temburong National Park via a longboat.
While ensuring that it will operate with the highest level of safety and security standards, the centre also aimed to serve as a comfortable waiting area with facilities including Surau, ablution area, toilets and changing rooms provided.
Additionally, it will also allow spaces for local communities to exhibit unique local and cultural products.
While the luxury eco-resort is expected to be completed by end of this year, the other two projects are scheduled to be finished by June.
Eco-Green Development will be overseeing the projects to develop eco-resort and renovate the old District Office, while Sunshine Borneo Tours and Travel is in-charge of setting up the River Centre in Kg Batang Duri.
MPRT recently hosted a signing ceremony at its headquarters to officially commence these projects, where Eco-Green Development was represented by its Director Lim Wei Su and Sunshine Borneo Tours and Travel by its Managing Director Chieng Hock Kiet.
Signing the agreements on behalf of TDD was its Acting Director Haji Zulzalani Haji Osman, in the presence of MPRT’s Secretary Pengiran Haji Kamalrudzaman Pengiran Haji Mohd Ishak.
Present as the guest of honour was the Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Ali Apong.
The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN