Indonesia picks up speed
Despite natural disasters, the Indian market has shown stability in terms of its visitor arrivals to Indonesia.
The Ministry of Tourism of Republic of Indonesia (MoTRI) has recently promoted Indonesia in the India market through a Sales Mission. Nia Niscaya, Deputy Minister of Tourism Marketing, MoTRI, says, “MoTRI is promoting Indonesia in the Indian tourism market through roadshows in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.
This is aimed at increasing more transaction of tour packages between the Indonesian and Indian tourism industry through B2B meetings.”
Furthermore, Badung, a region with the maximum tourism activities in Bali also conducted a sales mission in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia in Chandigarh, Jaipur, Lucknow and Kolkata. Niscaya further elaborates, “The Indian market bound for Indonesia has been skyrocketing in the last couple of years. In terms of visitors, the number of Indian visits is increasing Year on Year. From January to August 2018, Indonesia witnessed more than 365,000 Indian visitors. We want this number to grow.” Niscaya informs that the average spend of an Indian in Indonesia is about US$ dollar 12,000 per visit and the length of their stay usually lasts from seven days to two weeks.
Sidharto R Suryodipuro,
Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, is also positive about the growing relationship between the two countries. He says, “We just added an additional carrier from Mumbai to Bali. Flights were earlier thrice a week but now, they’ll be four times a week. We are currently working with one Indonesian additionally, an Indian carrier has shown interest to Indonesia.” The Ministry is taking additional steps to achieve the target by the end of 2018.
Roadshows are a great platform for countries and partners to meet and talk about new itineraries and new destinations. It’s encouraging to see people travel beyond Bali. Currently, the biggest challenge is connectivity between the two countries and awareness about the newer destinations. In terms of reacting to the outcome of natural disasters, everything is expected to be back to normal by mid-September.
Nia Niscaya Deputy Minister of Tourism Marketing, MoTRI
Sidharto R Suryodipuro Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia
Sanjay Sondhi Country Manager VITO India, New Delhi