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Brunei plans to foray into Indian hospitality sector
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 08:00 IST
Our Bureau, Mumbai

Brunei Darussalam, the third largest oil producer in Southeast Asia, is planning to enter into the Indian hospitality industry, a senior functionary said on Sunday (June 15). S Ali, Brunei's High Commissioner, said that they were exploring business prospects in the Indian hospitality industry.

Ali was here to attend a tourism conclave organised by the Himachal Pradesh government in association with the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry. "Shimla's unique attractions like imperial monuments and buildings constructed by the British, greenery, nature and climate are quite awesome. Our main focus primarily would be on setting up tourist class hotels and resorts. But still I am exploring the possibilities of finding a foothold here. So far, we have made no investment in tourism in this country," Ali told IANS.

At present, the Brunei Investment Agency, which deals with investments in foreign countries, has acquired "tourist class" hotels in the US, Britain and Singapore. "Every year during school vacations (December), thousands of tourists from Brunei prefer to travel to ASEAN countries especially Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand. But not many are aware about tourist spots in India," Ali added.

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