Proboscis Monkeys in Brunei

Posted by on 12:10 pm in Brunei, ITKT Staff Writers, Spotlight | 2 comments

Proboscis Monkeys in Brunei

“I can get you Manchester United, Chelsea or Liverpool. Come! We also have Super Man! What you want?” One overly enthusiastic boatman approaches us as we stand on the bank of Brunei Bay weighing up our touring options beyond the streets of the very small city centre. Kampong Ayer, the water villages, scatter right across the waters, and their water taxies cut through the bay like jet boats, narrowly avoiding each other delivering locals and visitors alike to and from the villages to the main ‘land’. I can’t help but notice, that all the boats...

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The Empire Hotel and the Brunei Open

Posted by on 9:33 pm in Brunei News, Golf and Gaming | 0 comments

(Brunei, August 29, 2007) – This Summer the Empire Hotel and Country Club is proud to be hosting the prestigious Brunei Open Golf Championship for 2007 for golf fans and visitors to experience the excitement of the International event. The Brunei Open 2007 is being contested for the third year running at the luxurious resort’s Jack Nicklaus-designed championship course from August 30th – September 2nd. It is hosted by Brunei Tourism in conjunction with The Empire Hotel & Country Club, the Sultanate’s leading hotel. The Empire Hotel...

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‘Ultimate Escapes’ in Brunei

Posted by on 9:34 pm in Announcements, Brunei News | 0 comments

(Brunei, May 25, 2007) — Brunei’s palatial Empire Hotel & Country Club is now offering an inclusive package entitled ‘Ultimate Escapes’ which includes daily breakfast, dinner-for-two and a whole range of executive floor privileges for regular room rates. The ‘Ultimate Escape’ special offer for two adults is priced at B$565 (US$374) a night for a Superior room, B$624 (US$413) for a Deluxe room and B$718 (US$475) for a Junior Suite.. Available throughout 2007 until December 30, the E-Club benefits include afternoon tea, evening...

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The Empire Best in Brunei Third Year Running

Posted by on 12:17 pm in Announcements, Brunei News | 3 comments

(Brunei, October 18, 2006) – Brunei’s palatial Empire Hotel & Country Club has been voted the Sultanate’s leading hotel for the third year running in the prestigious World Travel Awards. The resort also collected three accolades in Smart Travel Asia magazine’s ‘The Best in Travel 2006’ awards. In the 13th annual World Travel Awards, the Empire Hotel & Country Club was voted Brunei’s Leading Hotel from a poll of 167,000 travel professionals worldwide, including 110,000 travel agents. The award was...

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Diving with the Empire Hotel

Posted by on 4:23 pm in Announcements, Brunei News | 0 comments

The Empire Hotel & Country Club’s Diving Centre has been upgraded to earn recognition as an’International Gold Palm Resort’ – the highest possible PADI status a resort can earn. Brunei’s long-overlooked scuba diving treasures are surfacing now, as the centre is guiding scuba divers around unspoiled reefs, oil rigs and to over 20 world-class shipwrecks. The closest site is just 15 minutes from shore, while Kuraman Island’s beautiful reefs – famed for dolphins and whale sharks – are a 25-minute boat ride away. Brunei’s...

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Professionals Praise Empire Golf

Posted by on 11:04 am in Brunei News, Golf and Gaming | 0 comments

(Brunei, September 19, 2006) — Asian Tour professionals were full of praise for The Empire Hotel & Country Club following this year’s ‘Brunei Open 2006’. Chinese Taipei veteran Wang Ter-Chang, who won the US$300,000 tournament on the second hole of a sudden death shootout with Australia’s David Gleeson, welcomed the “great shape” of the Jack Nicklaus-designed course. Australia’s Terry Pilkadaris, who won the inaugural Brunei Open last year when it was first included on the Asian Tour, again...

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Brunei Open Package for Golf Fans

Posted by on 9:15 am in Brunei News, Golf and Gaming | 1 comment

(Brunei, August 14, 2006) — Brunei’s Empire Hotel & Country Club is offering a ‘Brunei Open 2006’ package for golf fans coinciding with this year’s Asian Tour tournament from August 24-27. Priced at B$800 for two, the three day / two night deal includes Superior Room accommodation and entry to Brunei’s premier professional golf challenge. Also included are complimentary return airport transfers and daily breakfast, along with a golf souvenir. The Brunei Open is being contested for the second year...

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Spa Promotion in Brunei

Posted by on 9:19 am in Announcements, Brunei News | 0 comments

(Brunei, June 8, 2006) – Brenner’s Park-Hotel & Spa, consistently ranked among the world’s leading spas, is presenting its award-winning pampering and beauty treatments and signature spa products at The Empire Hotel & Country Club in Brunei. Therapists from the famous German spa in Baden-Baden will be offering massage and beauty treatments at the leading Asian resort from June 11-23. Individual signature treatments will include the spa’s 90-minute ‘Futuresse’ facial at B$150, the ‘Futuresse Facial...

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Asian Golf in Brunei

Posted by on 9:14 am in Brunei News, Golf and Gaming | 0 comments

Following last year’s inaugural Brunei Golf Open hosted by The Empire Hotel & Country Club, which was voted ‘Best Host Venue’ by golfers, the 2006 Asian Tour returns from August 24-27 to our championship course beside the South China Sea. For those not quite up to the professional level of the tour, guests have a rare opportunity to experience the course, as well as a round at Jerudong Park Country Club, with a new golf package on offer. The “Golf Escape to the Empire” package includes three days/two nights plus two rounds of golf. It is...

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Brunei’s Basics

Posted by on 10:19 am in Brunei, ITKT Blogs | 0 comments

BRUNEI DARUSSALAM Passports: Required by all and must be valid for 6 months beyond date of stay and have blank pages. Visas: German, Malaysian, Singaporean, British nationals with the right of abode in the UK, and New Zealand nationals are exempted from the requirement to obtain a visa for visits not exceeding 30 days. For nationals of Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Indonesia, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Maldives, The Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Thailand, visas are waived for 14-day...

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A Few Answers with Sheikh Jamaluddin

Posted by on 10:55 am in Brunei, Interviews, World | 0 comments

I must admit I had more than a few misconceptions about Brunei Darussalam before my recent trip to this year’s ASEAN Tourism Forum held in Davao City, Philippines. I am not alone. While it is frequently connected with the Middle-East, it is not the Middle-East. Brunei is much closer to Malaysia. After all, it is surrounded by Malaysia on the northern coast of Borneo. I caught up with the head of Brunei Tourism and CEO, Sheikh Jamaluddin bin Sheikh Mohammed during the intermission of the Hinugyaw Cultural Dance Troupe performance – they were...

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Asean Tourism Forum 2006

Posted by on 3:33 pm in Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, World | 0 comments

I wasn’t sure what to expect from my first ASEAN Tourism Forum. For that matter, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the Philippines either. As a destination, I have always imagined the Philippines as curious and exotic. At the same time, I know plenty of Filipino people who are just pleasant and friendly. Perhaps, a couple of good reason’s why I jumped at the chance to attend this year’s ATF. I would soon dream of mysterious islands filled with social and fun people – barely considering the ATF, the reason why I would be going to the...

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