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text 2017-07-21 05:20
Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing: 'Wonderful Indonesia' to Promote Various Tourism Destinations at Matta Fair 2017


Jakarta. The Wonderful Indonesia campaign team will promote various maritime, cultural, shopping and golf tourism destinations during this year's Matta Fair in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, on Aug. 4-6.


I Gde Pitana, deputy for foreign tourism marketing development at the Ministry of Tourism, said visitors to the event will receive exclusive offers for visiting the unique beaches in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, and the Borobudur and Prambanan temples in Central Java.


The ministry will also promote a special shopping experience in Jakarta and Bandung, West Java, the opportunity to play golf at world-class courses in the Riau Islands, as well as a magnificent spa experience with the traditional health and beauty treatments in Bali.


"This is Wonderful Indonesia, we have everything. Indonesia has so much to offer, so we will maximize our participation at Matta Fair in Johor Bahru in August," Pitana said in a statement on Monday (10/07).


Rizki Handayani, deputy for Southeast Asia at the ministry, meanwhile said the Indonesian booth will be located on the Danga Expo City Mall's ground floor at #015-13 and #044-046 this year.


The ministry will include industry representatives from the country's main tourism destinations, Jakarta, West Nusa Tenggara, Bali, North Sumatra, South Sumatra, Yogyakarta, East Java, West Java, North Sulawesi, South Sulawesi and the Riau Islands.


"We will also partner with 12 local agents in Malaysia to conduct direct sales and promote Indonesian tourism. The entire industry will meet the needs of consumers in Malaysia in terms of tourism packages to Indonesia," Rizky added.


The Indonesian booth will also showcase a digital interactive map of the archipelago, a coffee and refreshment corner, games, gift redemption and traditional dances.


"There is also an information center that will provide visitors with information about Indonesian tourism, complete with brochures on various tourism destinations," she said.


Matta Fair 2017 is seen as one of the best opportunities to attract foreign tourists to Indonesia. The ministry aims to attract 1,772,000 tourists this year.


Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said Malaysia is both a competitor and a partner in the development of Indonesia's tourism sector.


"We are competing in achievements, to pursue tourism targets. However, we are also cooperating in various travel fairs, including at Matta," Arief said.


"Malaysia is a potential market for Indonesian tourism. Besides being in close proximity, Malaysia is also culturally connected [to Indonesia]," he added.


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Galveston Capital Tourism - Yogyakarta to host Borneo Extravaganza 2017

Kalimantan Island tourism is slated to be promoted in Yogyakarta in a three-day event called Borneo Extravaganza 2017 that will be held from July 14 until 16 at the atrium of Jogja City Mall.


“Yogyakarta is chosen because it is one of local and international tourists’ main destinations. We see an increase in tourist numbers every year. The high quantity of flights that serve the Yogyakarta – Kalimantan route also makes it easier for tourists to visit Borneo,” explained tourism ministry's archipelago tourism development deputy, Esthy Reko Astuti.


Themed 'Funtastic Borneo', the event has appointed East Kalimantan province as the host and will showcase cultural attractions from Dayak and Chinese ethnic groups, Malay dance, also local handicrafts such as anyaman (woven crafts) and gemstones from Martapura, South Kalimantan. Local food and tour packages will also be offered.


“In the next three years, the number of foreign tourists will reach 20 million and local tourists will reach 275. Indonesia’s tourism competitiveness index will take the 30th place in the world, an increase from its current position in the 42nd place among 141 countries,” Astuti added.


Wawan Gunawan also mentioned Kalimantan's focus on tourism objects which encompass nature, culture and man-made resorts such as Tanjung Puting National Park that is famous for its orangutan conservation, Derawan Islands for diving, Rungan and Kahayan rivers for river cruises. The Dayak, Malay and Chinese cultural tourism in Singkawang, West Kalimantan, also serve as tourist attractions in Kalimantan.


East Kalimantan province's head of tourism department, Timur Syafruddin Pernyata said the promotion will highlight the five provinces in Kalimantan encompassing South Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan and North Kalimantan.


"There will be an exhibition of tourism potential information, creative economy, and culinary arts. We will also hold a tabletop discussion with the tourism industry by inviting [tourism package] sellers from each province to be introduced to national and international buyers so they can have tourism package transactions in each province," he explained. (asw)


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