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27 March 2006

Two leading local companies in Brunei - Baiduri Bank and The Empire Hotel & Country Club signed a 3-year partnership agreement on 27 March 2006 to enforce a closer working relationship in terms of key events held at the Hotel. Amongst others, this partnership agreement aims to promote room occupancy rate and the usage of other excellent facilities at the hotel, offer distinctive benefits to Baiduri Bank customers and to encourage the development of local tourism with a number of exciting events planned in the next few months.

The signing ceremony was held at The Empire Hotel & Country Club and was attended by Mr. Ti Eng Hui, Deputy General Manager, Retail Banking and Branch Network, of Baiduri Bank, Ms Lee Ai Cheng, Card Centre Manager of Baiduri Bank, Ms. Anne Busfield, General Manager of The Empire Hotel & Country Club, Mr. Alan Mak, Financial Controller of The Empire Hotel & Country Club, senior officers from both companies and the local media.

“We are delighted with this partnership which will enable us to explore more opportunities with Baiduri Bank. It is indeed an honour and a privilege to be partners with one of Brunei’s leading banks. We believe that through this partnership, we will be able to further strengthen our presence in the local market,” said Anne Busfield, General Manager of The Empire Hotel & Country Club.

Under the terms of this partnership agreement, there will be a number of joint marketing efforts and key initiatives between Baiduri Bank and The Empire Hotel & Country Club. Commenting on this partnership, Mr Pierre Imhof, General Manager of Baiduri Bank, said: “We look forward to working with The Empire Hotel & Country Club, a premier luxury hotel, to organise exciting events that will help boost inbound tourism and at the same time offer exclusive deals and privileges to our customers.

This partnership underscores Baiduri Bank’s continued commitment to support local businesses and positions us well to delight our customers with great value and exceptional offers.” This partnership between the two award-winning local companies will kick off with the upcoming David Laris event at the Hotel from 29 April to 10 May 2006, with Baiduri Bank as one of the main sponsors. The award-winning David Laris, a world-renowned chocolatier and New World Chef from Shanghai’s exciting Laris restaurant at Three on the Bund will be featuring his exquisite chocolate creations at a special promotion centred around a Chocolate Afternoon Tea at the Lobby Lounge of the Hotel. Delectable chocolate boxes filled with Laris’ signature chocolates will also be available for sale. In addition, guests can learn the secrets of fine chocolate recipes from David Laris at a special class on 3 May from 2pm to 5pm.

Baiduri cardholders can avail of 15% discount with their American Express Card, 10% discount with their Visa or MasterCard Gold Card, and 5% discount with their Visa or MasterCard Classic Card. For further details, please call Baiduri Card Centre Customer Service at 245 4187.

About Baiduri Bank

Baiduri Bank, established in 1994, is a member company of Baiduri Bank Group, one of the largest providers of financial products and services in Negara Brunei Darussalam. The Bank’s shareholders include Baiduri Holdings, Royal Brunei Airlines, Royal Brunei Technical Services and BNP Paribas. With a combination of strong local commitment and global expertise, the Bank has been acknowledged as one of the leading banks in the country with a track record of financial innovations and pioneering activities.

Baiduri Bank has won the Bank of the Year Brunei award from The Banker magazine, UK, for three consecutive years from 2002 – 2004, as well as the Bracken Award in 2003 and 2004. The Bank also won in the Marketing, PR or Brand Management Project category of the Asian Banking Awards consecutively in 2004 and 2005.

About The Empire Hotel & Country Club

On the doorstep of the oldest rainforests in Southeast Asia, The Empire Hotel & Country Club is an outstanding 5-star beach resort with a superb country club and floodlit Jack Nicklaus-designed championship golf course.

One of the world’s largest and most luxurious resorts, it features 360 spacious guestrooms and 63 lavish suites and private villas in a tropical garden estate.

With impeccable credentials for world-class meetings, conferences and exhibitions, it is a leading Asian venue for the MICE market.Its new PADI dive centre is opening Brunei’s spectacular underwater reefs and shipwrecks to scuba-tourism.

For executive travellers, the hotel has an exclusive E-Club, and for families an E-Kids Club keeps children entertained all day. With its own cinema and theatre, the resort enjoys a prestigious profile hosting royal and state visitors to the Sultanate of Brunei.

A multiple-award winner since opening in 2000, it was voted ‘Asia's Leading Golf Resort’ and ‘Brunei's Leading Hotel’ for the second year running in the prestigious 2005 World Travel Awards – with its breathtaking Emperor Suite, one of the world’s largest, voted the world's ‘Leading Presidential Suite’ for a record third consecutive year.

The resort was also voted Asia’s ‘Best Resort Hotel’ for the second year in a row in Travel Trade Gazette Asia’s annual travel awards.

The golf course was, meanwhile, sanctioned by the Asian Tour for the inaugural Brunei Open in 2005. Players subsequently voted it ‘Best Host Venue’ of the 28 tour events.

Best Resort Hotel by Travel Trade Gazette Asia 2004

Asia’s Leading Golf Resort by World Travel Awards 2004

Asia’s Leading Resort by World Travel Awards 2003, 2004

Brunei’s Leading Hotel by World Travel Awards 2004

World’s Leading Presidential Suite by World Travel Award 2003/2004/2005

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