In­done­sia goes visa free

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The In­done­sian Min­istry of Tourism is pre­dict­ing the num­ber of Ki­wis vis­it­ing In­done­sia will in­crease sig­nif­i­cantly due to its new free visa pol­icy for 169 coun­tries. The pol­icy en­ables Ki­wis to visit In­done­sia for 30 days with­out ap­ply­ing for a visa. The tourism of­fice put on a pre­sen­ta­tion at Auck­land’s Pull­man Ho­tel, tar­get­ing the ex­pected growth in the num­ber of Ki­wis trav­el­ling to In­done­sia. “New Zealand is a po­ten­tial new emerg­ing mar­ket we are go­ing to fo­cus on,” said In­done­sian Min­istry of Tourism, deputy di­rec­tor of tourism mar­ket­ing strat­egy for Asia Pa­cific, Budi Hard­janti. In 2009 there were 37,704 vis­i­tors from New Zealand. In 2014 this had dou­bled to 79,380. In­done­sia now stands as the fifth most visited over­seas des­ti­na­tion by New Zealan­ders [af­ter Aus­tralia, the US, Fiji and the Cook Is­lands]. A pre­sen­ta­tion by Agindo No Limit Tours vice di­rec­tor Ce­cilia Patty pointed out In­done­sia is the largest ar­chi­pel­ago in the world, with 13,000 is­lands, 250 mil­lion peo­ple and 742 dif­fer­ent lan­guages.

In­done­sian Min­istry of Tourism, deputy di­rec­tor of tourism mar­ket­ing strat­egy for Asia Pa­cific, Budi Hard­janti, with Agindo No Limit Tours vice di­rec­tor Ce­cilia Patty.

Tra­di­tional In­done­sian dancer per­forms at the Pull­man Auck­land.

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