Over the last 20 years, mass tourism has gained a deep foothold in insular Southeast Asia. Brunei Darussalam is one country in the region still trying to tap into the more positive aspects of this commercial success and opportunity for economic growth while at the same time trying to avoid what might be considered the more disruptive impacts of globalization.

Located on the northwestern side of the island of Borneo, Brunei’s 160-kilometer (99-mi) coastline stretches along the South China Sea and borders 5,675 square kilometers (3,526 mi2) of island territory. It is a small country both in size and population, yet its gross domestic product per capita is among the highest in the region because of its offshore oil and gas deposits. These reserves, however, won’t ...

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