BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, April 7 (Xinhua) -- Brunei has registered an increase of 18.3 percent in the number of tourist arrivals to the country through Brunei International airport in 2017, up to 258,955 tourists compared to 218,809 in 2016.
The number has exceeded the 10 percent growth target set for 2017, which is also the highest number of international tourist arrivals recorded since 2011, according to local daily the Borneo Bulletin on Saturday, quoting a statement from the country's Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism.
Malaysia was the top contributor to tourist arrivals in 2017 due to its easy air accessibility and proximity with a 23.2 percent share, followed by China at 20.2 percent; Philippines at 8.9 percent; Indonesia at 8.7 percent; and Singapore at 5.8 percent.
Over the last three years, tourist arrival growth has showed an upward trend, contributing to the development of the country's tourism industry. This is in part due to the high travel demand from the main market and the introduction and improvement of several tourist products.
Other factors that have also helped contribute to this increase are the improved air connectivity from Royal Brunei Airlines and China's Lucky Air through the introduction of new services for tourists from South Korea and China as well as the introduction of "visa on arrival" to citizens from China.
In addition to the total tourist arrivals by air, a total of 4,057,029 international visitor arrivals were also recorded at other immigration control posts in 2017.