Kuala Belait - The Belait District is looking to hog the limelight again, this time by organising Brunei’s own version of The Amazing Race, “Xplore Brunei”, on June 7-12.
Calling a meeting yesterday with various government agencies and travel agents, Belait District Officer Matusin Orang Kaya Sura Hj Tuba hopes the competition will attract about 70 pairs of participants, both locally and internationally.
Participants, in teams of two people, will start off from the Belait District, before moving on to the Brunei-Muara District, Tutong District, Temburong District, in that order, before returning to Belait.
Each district will have two “pit stops”, with Belait, being the starting and ending point, having four pit stops.
Participants must be 16 years old and above. Each team will pay a participation fee of $300.
Should the participants in a team consist of male and female, they will need to have a legal relationship, for example siblings, cousins, husband and wife, etc, in order to form a team.
Cash prizes at stake are $5,000 (1st), $4,000 (2nd), $3,000 (3rd), $1,000 (4th), $500 (5th), $400 (6th), and $300 (7th), respectively. Those not in the top seven will get plaque and certificates.
Asked if foreigners and Bruneians will be separated into different categories, considering locals will have an advantage over participants from other countries, Matusin gave a definite no.
“The places that are under consideration now, even Bruneians will not know. There will be no advantage whatsoever, because those places are the secret places of Brunei,” said the district officer jokingly.
One of the important components of organising “Xplore Brunei” is the cooperation of tour operators, as the district office is looking at having foreigners making up 1/3 of the participants.
Michael Song, Manager of Pan Bright Travel Service, said that they will promote the package to their overseas partners.
“We will be informing our partners in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and other cities in China to promote the competition,” said Song.
The deadline for entry submission is May 31, 2011. Interested parties can contact the Belait District Office at 3331848, or email JDB.PerhubunganAwam@live.com — Courtesy of The Brunei Times