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1. In the first quarter of 2016 (Q1 2016), total number of international tourist arrivals to Brunei Darussalam through the Brunei International Airport has reached 56,431 arrivals compared to 58,038 arrivals in Q1 2015.
2. In terms of percentage growth, Q1 2016 recorded a decline of 2.8 per cent year-on-year (y-o-y). This was mainly attributed to the annual seasonal fluctuation, declining trend in travel demand and negative growth from the main source markets comprising Australia/ New Zealand markets which have decreased by 18.2 per cent (y-o-y), followed by ASEAN at 4.6 per cent (y-o-y), and Long Haul markets at 1.1 per cent (y-o-y). Meanwhile, the Far East region such as China, Hong Kong and Japan continued to show positive growth at 8.3 per cent (y-o-y).
3. The top five countries for tourist arrivals in Q1 2016 was Malaysia due to its easy air accessibility and proximity with 25.8 per cent (26.4 per cent in Q1 2015), followed by China at 17.7 per cent (16.5 per cent in Q1 2015), Indonesia at 9.4 per cent (9.4 per cent in Q1 2015), Philippines at 7.5 per cent (7.4 per cent in Q1 2015) and Singapore at 6.0 per cent (6.8 per cent in Q1 2015). In total, the top five countries have contributed the majority portion of international tourist arrivals into the country for Q1 2016 at 66.3 per cent.
4. The main source market for Q1 2016 was ASEAN region at 52.4 per cent (53.4 per cent in Q1 2015), followed by Far East region at 23.8 per cent (21.4 per cent in Q1 2015), Long Haul market such as Europe and Middle East at 12.6 per cent (12.4 per cent in Q1 2015) and both Australia and New Zealand markets contributed at 5.1 per cent (6.0 per cent in Q1 2015).
5. The main purpose of visit to Brunei Darussalam is for leisure and holiday at 42.2 per cent (37.6 per cent in Q1 2015). About 17.4 per cent of tourists travel for Business (18.5 per cent in Q1 2015), In Transit at 15.8 per cent (14.8 per cent in Q1 2015), Visiting Friends and Relatives (VFR) at 11.6 per cent (11.2 per cent in Q1 2015), Government purposes at 2.7 per cent (2.6 per cent in Q1 2015), Exhibition at 0.9 per cent (0 per cent in Q1 2015), Others at 8.0 percent (8.4 per cent in Q1 2015) and Not specified at 1.4 per cent (6.9 per cent in Q1 2015). China and Malaysia remained as the main contributors for the leisure and holiday market at 55.7 per cent for Q1 2016 with each comprised of 37.5 per cent and 18.2 per cent respectively.
6. The average length of stay for hotels in Q1 2016 was 2.2 days compared to 2.1 days over the same period from last year. Whereas, the average hotel occupancy rate for Q1 2016 was 40.7 per cent compared to 37.3 per cent in Q1 2015.
7. For accommodation in Q1 2016, there are a total of 81 establishments ranging from Luxury Resorts (for example The Empire Hotel and Country Club), International Standard Hotel (for example Radisson Hotel); Business Standards; Budget; Lodgings; Apartments, Guest Houses and Homestays. The total number of hotels, resort and apartments are 50, followed by Homestays at 14, Guest Houses and Rest Houses at 15 and Government Guest Houses at 2. Meanwhile, the total number of rooms and beds available were 4,084 rooms and 5,777 beds. In Q1 2015, total number of establishments was recorded at 69, followed by 3,561 rooms and 5,028 beds available from the same categories of accommodations.
8. For Q1 2016, total number of registered Travel Agents under the Tourism Development Department was 58 establishments compared to 57 establishments over the same period from last year. All Travel Agents are based on inbound and outbound travel.
Tourism Development Department
Ministry Of Primary Resources and Tourism
9 Ramadhan 1437H / 15 June 2016M
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