Poni Divers had the privilege of hosting a film crew from the Cable News Network (CNN) between the 19th and the 22nd August 2017 in Brunei. This was a momentous occasion as it was the first time ever CNN had travelled to Brunei on official capacity in their entire broadcasting history of 37 years and Poni Divers was fortunate to take centre stage in this media coverage.
Dan Tham, Associate Producer and Paul Devitt, International Cameraman from CNN Asia Pacific flew in from Hong Kong to the sultanate to film Brunei as part of ‘The Road to ASEAN’ series showcasing ASEAN countries, airing on the 4th September 2017 on CNN. As part of ASEAN which consists of 10 countries, Brunei was their last country on their list to visit and film.
During their time in Brunei, Dan Tham interviewed Wong Thye Sing, Managing Director of Poni Divers whom was the initial point of contact for CNN. Poni Divers were instrumental in facilitating the CNN visit which put new highlights on the tourism activities of Brunei in the international arena. Globally, CNN programming airs through CNN International, which can be seen by viewers in over 212 countries and territories.
Wong Thye Sing was interviewed and was asked about how he started the business and the trials and tribulations of opening a business in the country. He highlighted Poni Divers role as a pioneer in the diving industry and how supportive the Ministry of Tourism has been to Poni Divers since their humble beginnings. Last month diving was earmarked as an emerging market by Brunei Tourism. With a successful product launch by Brunei Tourism, Wong wanted to showcase Brunei as a thriving diving destination with over 30 wrecks including four World War II wrecks. Anuar Abdullah from Malaysia was invited by Poni to sketch the reefs & wrecks was also diving with the crew and will also be featured on CNN. Anuar completed his IANTD Deep Diver and Advanced Nitrox, an introductory technical diving course offered by Poni Divers to go deeper to Brunei’s tech wrecks to make some of the first ever sketches of Brunei’s tech wrecks.
Also to be featured in the series is Temburong and Kg Ayer, with Sumbiling Eco Village and Kunyit 7 Lodge during their short visit here. The Road to ASEAN will be aired on CNN on 4th September 2017 and will be available to view online on the 5th September. CNN was founded in 1980 by Ted Turner as a 24-hour cable news channel. Upon its launch, CNN was the first television channel to provide 24-hour news coverage and was the first all-news television channel in the United States. For the media piece, please follow this link.