MPRT, CSPS sign service agreement
on: November 18, 2016
| James Kon |
THE Tourism Development Department under the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT) yesterday officially appointed the Centre for Strategic and Policy Studies (CSPS) to carry out a study on ‘Updating The Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) and Passenger Exit Survey For Brunei Darussalam’ following the signing of a service agreement.
The survey, which will commence in December, will involve tourists at the Brunei International Airport as well as several immigration checkpoints around the country.
Signing the service agreement on behalf of the Tourism Development Department was Haji Mohd Zamree bin Haji Junaidi, the Director of Tourism Development under the MPRT, while CSPS was represented by Haji Mohd Rozan bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yunos, Executive Director of CSPS.
Present as guest of honour and to witness the signing was Wardi bin Haji Mohammad Ali, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Tourism) at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism.
The principal consultants for the five-month national study are CSPS researchers, Dr Diana Cheong, Dr Giuseppe Rizzo and Liew Chee Hau.
The study has three main objectives, namely to collect, analyse and update the data required to compile the Tourism Satellite Accounts for Brunei Darussalam and its contribution to GDP; to assess the attitudes and preferences of a sample of tourists coming to Brunei as well as their level of satisfaction with the infrastructures and services available; and to identify patterns and correlations between preferences, behaviours, and background characteristics of the sample of tourists.
“This study will provide benchmark data for the Tourism Development Department to plan and formulate more effective strategies to attract more tourist arrivals in Brunei Darussalam. This will be invaluable as tourism is targeted as one of the sectors which can contribute to the GDP growth of the country,” said Haji Mohd Zamree.
CSPS is a provider of survey services, data mining and analysis “in all areas of national development, including tourism for Brunei”, Dr Diana said. “Our data expertise ranges from secondary sources such as official statistics and relevant literature, to collecting primary data when such data does not exist. We have conducted a number of national level surveys including statistically representative samples for both local and overseas clients such as RTI USA, World Bank and Asean.”