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The Honorable Minister of Culture, Youth & Sports to officiate the Ceremony

ALADDIN ON SKATES

FOREVERSHINE Events, Media and Management Services in cooperation with RAKAN Tiga Media will once again showcase a spectacular event of the year. This show will be composed of Roller Skates Professional all the way far far from Australia. ALADDIN ON SKATES this show are start from (Friday)18th until to (Sunday) 20th April 2014. 3 days 7 show at the Indoor Stadium Berakas. Join Aladdin and his adventure as he yearns and explore the world of the Arab Desert and as he transforms himself from a street lad to a mighty prince with the help of the Genie and his Lamp. Be there to discover how dreams actually do came true and evil will never win over good. 
 

Take your whole family to this magical adventure of ALADDIN on Skates. Seven Shows are scheduled on 
18 April - 4PM and 815PM, 
19 April - 4PM and 815PM, 
20 April - 10AM, 4PM and 815PM. 

 

The cast of the show will be housed at the Orchid Garden Hotel- the Official Event Hotel. Tickets prices are at $15, $28 and $35. Tickets start selling now any places ago have sell like at the KFC, SugarBun, OGH, Sim Kim Huat, 1st Emporium, Supa Save (see poster) but if you want to buy the $35.00 VIP ticket one better go the the Utama Grand near the escalator there buy!!


For ticket inquiries, please visit Foreveshine Office at the 1st Flr, Unit 5, Block E, Bangunan Lim Seng Kok, Spg. 624, Jalan Tutong, Kg Madewa; or contact +673 880-8833 See print ads for more details or visit us at facebook fanpage facebook.com/forevershineBrunei

HRH CROWN PRINCE OFFICIATES THE LAUNCH OF THE ASEAN TOURISM FORUM 2010

Brunei, 25 January 2010 –  TONIGHT, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, Brunei Darussalam launched the 29th ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) at the Grand Hall, Empire Hotel and Country Club.

His Royal Highness was welcomed upon arrival by His Excellency Pehin Haji Yahya, the Minister of Industry and Primary Resources, the Chairman of the Host ATF Committee and led His Royal Highness for a group photo with the ASEAN Tourism Ministers + 3 + 2 inside the entrance of the Grand Hall.

The evenings function began with a welcoming remarks to the 1,200 delegates of the ATF and TRAVEX followed by a symbolic watering of a tree (agathis) to launch the ATF 2010 which is themed ‘ASEAN, The Heart of Green, 10 Destination, 1 Conservation Vision’.

The entertainment included performances from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, showcasing Brunei Darussalams traditional cultural performances and green themed performances by the local school children.

Tomorrow at the BRIDEX Center, the ASEAN Tourism Conference will commence from 9:00 am to 12 noon.

SEMBAH ALU-ALUAN DARI YANG BERHORMAT PEHIN ORANG KAYA SERI UTAMA DATO SERI SETIA HAJI AWANG YAHYA BIN BEGAWAN MUDIM DATO PADUKA HAJI BAKAR, MENTERI PERINDUSTRIAN DAN SUMBER-SUMBER UTAMA SEMPENA  "MAJLIS PEMBUKAAN FORUM PELANCONGAN ASEAN 2010”

Tarikh: Hari Isnin, 25hb. Januari 2010

Tempat: The Grand Hall, The Empire Hotel & Country Club

BISMILLAHIR RAHMANNIR RAHIM

Mengadap Kehadapan Majlis Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah lbni Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, Menteri Kanan di Jabatan Perdana Menteri.

Beribu Ampun,

Terlebih dahulu, hamba Duli Tuanku bagi mewakili ahli-ahli Jawatankuasa Forum Pelancongan ASEAN 2010 (ATF 2010), Mesyuarat Menteri-Menteri Pelancongan ASEAN Kali Ke 13 dan Mesyuarat Menteri-Menteri Pelancongan ASEAN bersama Republik Rakyat China, Jepun, Republik Korea dan India, berserta Mesyuarat-Mesyuarat di peringkat pegawai-pegawai Kanan pelancongan ASEAN (NTOs) kali ke 31 menyembahkan ucapan setinggi-tinggi menjunjung kasih di atas keberangkatan Duli Tuanku bercemar duli ke Majlis ini dan seterusnya merasmikan pembukaan Forum Pelancongan ASEAN 2010. Keberangkatan Duli Tuanku ke Majlis ini akan menjadi dorongan serta panduan kepada abis hamba Duli Tuanku.

Sebelum meneruskan ucapan hamba Duli Tuanku ini dalam bahasa lnggeris, hamba Duli Tuanku menjunjung sabda perkenan Duli Tuanku bagi hamba Duli Tuanku menyampaikan sepatah dua kata kepada para perwakilan di Mesyuarat ini.

Excellencies Ministers, Excellencies Ambassadors and High Commissioners, Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh and a warm evening

As Chairman of the ATF 2010 organising committee, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for your presence tonight. I know some of you will be in Brunei Darussalam for the very first time, while others may have been here before. I would like to extend my welcome to my ASEAN counterparts and their delegations. Welcome also to the Ministers from China, Japan, Korea and India along with their delegations.

  

We are very proud to be given the opportunity to host this very important event in ASEAN'S tourism calendar that usually occurs every January of the year.

SIGNIFICANT MILESTONE IN THE BIMP-EAGA COOPERATION

TOURISM MINISTERS LAUNCH HISTORIC EQUATOR ASIA BRAND & LOGO

25th January 2010, Brunei Darussalam

  

Tourism Ministers of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia & the Philippines (BIMP) namely Hon. Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Hj Awg Yahya bin Begawan, Hon. Jero Wacik, Hon. Dato Dr Ng Yen Yen and Hon. Oscar Palabyab representing the BIMP-EAGA gathered in Brunei Darussalam today for the historic launching of the “EQUATOR ASIA” brand and logo as a ‘single tourism destination’, hailed as the world’s most biologically productive regions. 

 

Mr Wee Hong Seng from the BIMP-EAGA Tourism Council quoted the brand EQUATOR ASIA which claims to be mother earth’s true center of Biodiversity, carries as its brand position the “HEART OF BIODIVERSITY”.   He said ‘imagine we are living in a place where the wellspring of life is, surrounded by the majestic diversity of flora, fauna and cultures’

 

EQUATOR ASIA is located along the equator covering the BIMP East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA).  BIMP-EAGA was formally launched in 1994 and is a cooperation initiative involving bordering regions in four ASEAN countries, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia (the islands of Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Papua and Moluccas), Malaysia (the State of Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan) and the Philippines (the islands of Mindanao and Palawan).  The cooperation aims to accelerate economic development by increasing trade, investment and tourism from within and outside the sub-regions. 

 

According to several authoritative independent studies, EQUATOR ASIA is the world’s most biologically productive and diverse ecosystem - in terms of major terrestrial habitat type as home to the world’s largest tropical and sub-tropical moist broadleaf forest and marine eco-region. Diversity is found in species richness, endemism, higher taxonomic uniqueness, presence of extraordinary ecological or evolutionary phenomena and global rarity of the major habitat type.  More than half of the world’s richest flora and fauna are found there.  One of the three remaining lowland forests is located there in New Guinea. The well known coral triangle is the largest tropical coral reef in the world is located there.  Because of its richness, biodiversity is expected to flourish despite poor conservation status and the growing rate of climate change.   

 

The BIMP-EAGA Tourism Council pointed to the sea vents “black smokers” at the bottom of the sea that carry the rich minerals from under the earth’s core as the building blocks of marine life.  The richest concentration of underwater minerals from the earth’s core can be found at the center of the world’s largest cluster of archipelagos.  It is surrounded by the “Ring of Fire” in South East Asia along the Equator.  It is cradled by the deepest trenches in the ocean.  This is the life support of the most basic forms of life like the planktons and marine algae.

BIMP-EAGA stakeholders are pleased with the outcome of the brand because it took a lot of time, effort and resources from all the stakeholders to unite and develop this brand. We are grateful to the German Development Cooperation (GTZ) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) for their continued support. 

 

Dr. Peter Richter, Principal Advisor/Project Manager of the GTZ BIMP-EAGA project stressed that the EQUATOR ASIA Brand will be a boon to those advocating world conservation. He said that the brand will usher an era of world cooperation where the stakeholders of these four countries will work with its indigenous communities so they can play a more active role in conserving the wealth of their biodiversity while improving their livelihood through community based eco-tourism related activities.  He said, cooperation from the rest of the world is will be valued given the growing trend in responsible tourism where more and more traditional tourists are discovering that they can have a more fulfilling and meaningful vacation while contributing to conservation when they visit and support community based eco-tourism. 

 

He said that the ASEAN Japan Centre (AJC) actually began patronizing EQUATOR ASIA a few years back when they commissioned a study of its potential as a tourist destination. In fact, they fondly and literally called it “Equatorial Asia”.  

 

He urged tourists to visit Equator Asia adding that apart from giving their share in worldwide efforts to preserve global ecological heritage, they not only get to experience the full splendor of Biodiversity, but they also experience the magical diversity of the Indo-Malay race.  

 

From now on, EQUATOR ASIA will be known as earth’s HEART OF BIODIVERSITY.

WELCOMING REMARKS BY THE HONORABLE PEHIN DATO YAHYA, MINISTER OF INDUSTRY AND PRIMARY RESOURCES

(Tourism Ministerial Meeting + China, Japan and Korea)

VENUE: Indera Kayangan Ballroom, Empire Hotel and Country Club

DATE: Monday, 25/1/2010

Good morning Your Excellencies.

I would like to welcome all of you officially to Brunei Darussalam. I hope you have a pleasant stay in Brunei Darussalam and I am sure we all are looking forward to satisfactory conclusion to our meeting today. 

The year 2008 and 2009 were full of challenges for all of us. Now that the threat of global financial crisis is somewhat behind us, we can expect 2010 to be a much better year for global tourism activities. This however has been endorsed by UNWTO on their latest report on world tourism trend that 2010 shall be a positive growth year for world tourism, especially in our region.

China, Japan and South Korea are very important markets for us here in Southeast Asia and we welcome very much the support and good relations we have between our countries. I am positive together we can contribute more effectively to the tourism growth for our regions.

I like to conclude here for my opening remark and wish once again to all of you a pleasant stay in Brunei Darussalam.  I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all of you to the Opening Ceremony that will be held tomorrow night right here at The Empire Hotel and Country Club new Grand Hall.  

Thank you very much.

WELCOMING REMARKS BY THE HONORABLE PEHIN DATO YAHYA, MINISTER OF INDUSTRY AND PRIMARY RESOURCES

(Tourism Ministerial Meeting + India)

VENUE: Indera Kayangan Ballroom, Empire Hotel and Country Club

DATE: Monday, 25/1/2010

Good morning Your Excellency. 

I would like to welcome you officially to Brunei Darussalam. I hope you have a pleasant stay in Brunei Darussalam and I am sure we all are looking forward to satisfactory conclusion to our meeting today.

The year 2008 and 2009 were full of challenges for all of us. Now that the threat of global financial crisis is somewhat behind us, we can expect 2010 to be a much better year for global tourism activities. This however has been endorsed by UNWTO on their latest report on world tourism trend that 2010 shall be a positive growth year for world tourism, especially in our region. 

India is definitely one of the most important markets for us here in Southeast Asia. We look forward to continuing our excellent relationship for the mutual benefit of our tourism industry.

I like to conclude here for my opening remark and wish once again to all of you a pleasant stay in Brunei Darussalam.  I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Your Excellency and your delegates to the Opening Ceremony that will be held tomorrow night right here at The Empire Hotel and Country Club new Grand Hall.  

Thank you very much.

ASEAN TOURISM MINISTERS PLANTS TREES FOR A GREENER FUTURE

On Monday 25/01, In order to contribute to offset the carbon footprint generated by delegates attending ATF, Brunei Tourism and Brunei Forestry Department have come together to arrange for a tree planting initiative that will see a tree planted on behalf of every delegate by local students. 

To kick start this initiative that will see some 1,500 “ATF” trees planted between now and the World Forestry Day on 23rd March, a tree planting ceremony was held at the Berakas Forest Reserve on 25th January morning, led by Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Yahya the Minister of Industry and Primary Resources and 16 foreign ministers, National Tourism Officials (NTO) and government school students symbolically planted the first 68 Ru Laut, or Casuarina equisetifolia trees. 

This initiative is very much in line with this year’s ATF theme “ASEAN, the Heart of Green”, and highlights the importance of efforts individuals must make to reduce the emissions of CO2 into the atmosphere, as well as that of efforts such as this tree planting initiative to contribute to the capture of CO2, as the planted trees will keep absorbing CO2 and releasing oxygen throughout their life span… 

For delegates to remember their tree planted in Brunei on the occasion of ATF 2010, a certificate printed on recycled paper has been inserted in each TRAVEX delegate’s registration kit.

On top of the tree planting, the Minister and the foreign ministers are also scheduled to release 3 olive ridley and one hawksbill turtle along the beach, an activity planned by Fisheries Department officers and staff.

WELCOMING REMARKS BY THE HONORABLE PEHIN DATO YAHYA, MINISTER OF INDUSTRY AND PRIMARY RESOURCES

(Tourism Ministerial Meeting)

VENUE: Indera Kayangan Ballroom, Empire Hotel and Country Club

DATE: Sunday, 24/1/2010

Good morning Your Excellencies.

I would like to welcome all Brunei Darussalam. I hope you have a pleasant stay in Brunei Darussalam and I am sure we all are looking forward to satisfactory conclusion to our meeting today.

The year 2008 and 2009 were full of challenges for all of us. Now that the threat of global financial crisis is somewhat behind us, we can expect 2010 to be a much better year for global tourism activities. This however has been endorsed by UNWTO on their latest report on world tourism trend that 2010 shall be a positive growth year for world tourism, especially in our region.

We will have the opportunity to have a look and discuss on the new Tourism Strategic Plan (2011-2015) outlined by ACE with input from our tourism officials.  The Tourism Strategic Plan will then be implemented next year in Cambodia and I feel confident that together we can push forward our tourism ministry to greater heights.

The new marketing slogan now as I was informed will be Southeast Asia – Feel the Warmth.  We will then have the opportunity to have a closer look on the Tourism Strategic Plan as well as the Marketing Plan with our private sector, ASEANTA on the later part of our agenda.

We will also have the opportunity to look closely at our tourists’ arrival figures.  Brunei Darussalam saw an unexpected increase of tourist arrivals by almost 30% in 2008 compared to 2007.  Our Tourism Department has targeted a 7% increase in tourist’s arrival for 2009 and 10% increase for 2010.  The detail will be shown later as we move along the agenda proper.

I am pleased to note we are in the second year of awarding ASEAN Green Hotel Award.  This is befitting to our current Tagline for this year’s ATF - ASEAN-Heart of Green, 10 Destinations, One conservation Vision.

I like to conclude here for my opening remark and wish once again to all of you a pleasant stay in Brunei Darussalam.  I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all of you to the Opening Ceremony that will be held tomorrow night right here at The Empire Hotel and Country Club new Grand Hall.

Thank you very much.

WELCOMING REMARKS BY THE HONORABLE PEHIN DATO YAHYA, MINISTER OF INDUSTRY AND PRIMARY RESOURCES

(NTO Meeting)

VENUE: Indera Kayangan Ballroom, Empire Hotel and Country Club

DATE: Friday, 22/1/2010

Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen.

I would like to welcome you officially to The Abode of Peace, Brunei Darussalam, ‘The Kingdom of Unexpected Treasures’ as well as ‘The Green Heart of Borneo’. I wish you all have a pleasant stay in Brunei Darussalam and I hope that you will find time to visit some of our unique attractions.

The year 2008 and 2009 were full of challenges for all of us. Now that the threat of global financial crisis is somewhat behind us, we can expect 2010 to be a much better year for global tourism activities. This view has been endorsed by UNWTO on their latest report on world tourism trend that 2010 shall be a positive growth year for world tourism, especially in our region.

We are entering into a new phase of our ASEAN tourism development. The new strategic plan will need to be deliberated now and implemented from 2011 onwards. We saw the birth of the Visit ASEAN Campaign being launched right here in Brunei Darussalam during the ATF in 2001, with the tagline ‘Asia’s Perfect 10 Paradise’. ASEANTA has been supportive of our collective campaign in promoting Southeast Asia as a single destination with the introduction of Single Air Pass and Hotel Pass promoting more than one destination in ASEAN.

We look for your continuing effort to work together in the formulation of our new Strategic Plan as well as the new Marketing Plan that carries the tagline, ‘Southeast Asia: Feel the Warmth’.

We look for your continuing effort in maintaining the high standards that is required for our human capacity and to create seamless intra-ASEAN travel that will stimulate greater growth in our tourism industry.

We must also not lose focus in maximizing the existing relationships we have with China, Japan, Korea, India and Russia in the formulation of our tourism strategy. We must always work to project the image that Southeast Asia can be the choice of destination for world travellers.

With the economic landscape looking brighter from here on, we can only hope and pray that mother nature do not cause us further interruptions in our tourism drive. With that I shall leave all of you to deliberate in the next couple of days and we look forward to your recommendations and notifications.

I like to conclude here for my opening remark and wish once again to all of you a pleasant stay in Brunei Darussalam.  I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you all to the Opening Ceremony that will be held here at The Empire Hotel and Country Club new Grand Hall on 25 January 2010.  

Thank you very much.

Sold-out ATF 2010 TRAVEX

advocates eco-tourism
Eco-tourism experts to share insight on sustainable tourism at ASEAN Tourism Conference

Brunei, 10 December 2009 – The 29th ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF), the region’s foremost tourism and travel event, to be hosted by member-nation, Brunei Darussalam, in Bandar Seri Begawan from 21 to 28 January 2010, has registered overwhelming response from more than 300 exhibiting organisations at TRAVEX (Travel Exchange). All 373 exhibiting booths have been snapped up and the ten member-nations are well represented at the annual event which showcases the best of travel products and services in ASEAN. Thailand and Malaysia lead the pack with the largest number of participating organisations.

Sheikh Jamaluddin Sheikh Mohamed, CEO of Brunei Tourism, ATF 2010 Host Committee, said, “As the global economy is already showing strong signs of recovery, this is an opportune time for sellers to capitalise on suitable platforms available to reignite interests and develop businesses. The sell-out reinforces ATF as a great vehicle for networking and trade for the ASEAN tourism industry.”

Among the strong expected turn-out of more than 1,400 delegates, some 400 buyers from Asia-Pacific (57 per cent), Europe (33 per cent) and the rest of the world will congregate in Brunei Darussalam, conducting business and gaining networking opportunities at the three-day TRAVEX event from 26 to 28 January at the new BRIDEX (Brunei International Defence Exhibition) Centre in Jerudong. Apart from TRAVEX, delegates will also get to explore the unexpected treasures of Brunei and Borneo through the pre-show city tours and post-show tours jointly organised by Brunei Tourism, Sabah Tourism and Sarawak Tourism, which include visits to historic sites and cultural landmarks, spa treats, as well as exciting nature and scenic tours across Brunei, Sabah and Sarawak in Malaysia.

Driven by the theme, ASEAN – The Heart of Green, another highlight of ATF 2010 is the ASEAN Tourism Conference (ATC) on 26 January, which will feature a keynote address by acclaimed authority on eco-tourism – Hitesh Mehta – on how the region can embrace sustainable development principles and encourage responsible travel behaviour that will help conserve the environment and bio-diversity, as well as sustain the well-being of the local people. 

Mehta’s vast experience in sustainable landscape and architectural design projects, eco-lodge and eco-resort design, environmental and protected area planning across continents, has earned him the reputation of being one of the world’s foremost leading authorities on eco-tourism.  

Currently an adjunct professor at the Florida Atlantic University in the US, Mehta runs his own landscape architecture and planning firm – HM Design – with ongoing projects in Costa Rica, Indonesia, Panama and Dominica and the West Indies. From 1997 to 2006, he held the position of Vice-President and Head of the Ecotourism and Environmental Planning Market Sector at EDSA (Florida), the world’s largest landscape architecture and planning firm, during which he played an instrumental role in many key projects, such as the Eco-tourism Product Implementation Programme in Kenya and the Vision Plan for Wailoaloa Ecolodge in Nadi, Fiji.  

In addition, a panel discussion will be chaired by leading industry professionals, who include Tony Charters, Principal of Tony Charters and Associates and Anthony Wong, Group Managing Director of Asian Overland Services Tours & Travel Sdn. Bhd, sharing their experiences on developing eco-tourism projects in transboundary conservation areas.

With an increasingly sophisticated market of travellers, the aptly-themed event is well poised to meet the demand for green facilities and fuel greater awareness of socially responsible tourism. 

GREEN ACTIVITIES LEADING UP TO ASEAN TOURISM FORUM 2010

Release Date: 9th of January 2010

On Sunday 09/01, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Yahya Bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar, Minister of Industry and Primary Resources, together with about 200 officials from the Ministry and departments under the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources carried out an early morning cleaning campaign at the Berakas Forest Reserve. 

The cleaning campaign is one of two activities organised by the ASEAN TOURISM FORUM steering committee leading to the ASEAN TOURISM FORUM 2010, where the theme for this year event is ‘ASEAN, The Heart of Green, 10 Destinations and one conservation vision’. 

The cleaning campaign started with a quick aerobic work out session, followed by the division of the whole team into 2 groups. One group will clean the beach area at the Forest Reserve while the other group clean the upper recreational park area. 

Director of Brunei Tourism Development Department, Sheikh Jamaluddin Sheikh Mohamed, remarked that these activities are actually a follow up to the cleaning campaign held by the Ministry last year at the Serasa Beach. These activities shows the commitment from the Ministry in leading the way towards changing the mindset of the people on the importance of taking care of their surrounding environment for the betterment of the country as a whole. 

The second ‘GREEN’ activity to be organised by the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources will be held the following weekend, Sunday, 17th January 2010, at the same venue, where the group will carry out jungle trekking activities.

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