Expo aims to lure more Filipino tourists

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AF­TER the suc­cess­ful road­shows in Glo­ri­etta Mall in Makati and SM Mall in

Clark, Pam­panga, Indonesia’s Min­istry of Tourism fi­nally brought their pro­mo­tional blitz in Davao City last July 12 to 14 at SM Lanang Premier.

“With this event, we aim to open more op­por­tu­ni­ties for Indonesia and the Philip­pines since we have al­ways been ge­o­graph­i­cally and his­tor­i­cally con­nected”, said In­done­sian Con­sul Gen­eral Dicky Fabrian dur­ing the open­ing of the expo.

The expo show­cased an ar­ray of In­done­sian prod­ucts, tourism des­ti­na­tions and cul­tural per­for­mances from del­e­gates that came all the way from var­i­ous ar­eas in Indonesia.

Dur­ing the in­for­mal con­ver­sa­tion with the me­dia, Fabrian dis­closed that In­done­sian air­line Ci­tilink, the low-cost car­rier of Garuda Indonesia, and Lion Air are in­ter­ested to open di­rect flights be­tween Manado and Davao. From the Philip­pine side, Philip­pine Air­line’s PAL Ex­press has also ex­pressed in­ter­est in ser­vic­ing the route.

“Aside from tourists, we are also ex­pect­ing ex­change of good through these po­ten­tial air con­nec­tiv­ity that both our coun­tries are cur­rently work­ing on,” he said.

Ricky Fauzi, the direc­tor of mar­ket­ing of the Min­istry of Tourism, showed to the me­dia their tourism des­ti­na­tions, in­clud­ing the 10 New Bali project, through an in­ter­ac­tive kiosk.

“There’s more to Indonesia than just Bali. With over 17,000 is­lands, we have many more des­ti­na­tions with unique of­fer­ings yet to be dis­cov­ered,” he said.

Dur­ing the ASEAN Tourism Fo­rum held in Ha­long Bay, Viet­nam last Jan­uary, MOT ini­tially re­vealed the project as part of their gov­ern­ment’s 5 year plan in ad­dress­ing the re­newed tourism boom in var­i­ous parts of Indonesia.

The 10 New Bali in­cluded Tan­jung Le­sung (Ban­ten), The Thou­sand Is­lands (Jakarta), Tan­jung Ke­layang Beach (Bangka Beli­tung Is­lands), Mount Bromo (East Java), Labuan Bajo (East Nusa Teng­gara), Waka­tobi (South Su­lawesi) and Moro­tai Is­land (North Maluku)

with Lom­bok Man­da­lika, Borobudur and Lake Toba (North Su­ma­tra) as main hubs for their avail­abil­ity of ac­com­mo­da­tions, ac­ces­si­bil­ity and pres­ence of in­ter­na­tional air­ports.

At the expo, Davao-based travel agen­cies, such as Werla Travel and Tours, Fron­tier Travel & Tours, Cen­tury Ex­press Travel, Glob­al­wings Travel & Tours,101 Travel & Tours, Car­pen­ter Travel and Zy­cor Fly Travel and Tours, and Philip­pine Air­lines sold tour pack­ages for the 10 New Bali.

Indonesia re­ceived 15.8 mil­lion vis­i­tors in 2018, a 13% in­crease from the pre­vi­ous year. In the same year, MOT recorded 217,582 tourist ar­rivals from the Philip­pines, which ex­ceeded their tar­get by 3.6%.

Prior to the mall event, the of­fice of the Indonesia Con­sul Gen­eral in Davao City held a busi­ness-to-busi­ness match­ing ac­tiv­ity at the Marco Polo Davao par­tic­i­pated by In­done­sian busi­ness­men and their Davao coun­ter­part.

“We are hop­ing that we can find more lo­cal part­ners and distrib­u­tors of In­done­sian prod­ucts here in Davao. Over the years, a num­ber of busi­nesses have been cre­ated dur­ing our pre­vi­ous ex­pos,” added Fabrian.

TRADIONAL Batawi cul­tural per­for­mance

A DANCER rep­re­sent­ing the iconic Garuda, the le­gendary bird-like crea­ture, a na­tional sym­bol

INDONESIA’S Bi­tung City, rep­re­sented by tourism of­fi­cer Je­fli Tahu­lend­ing, also joined the expo

In­done­sian Con­sul Gen­eral Dicky Fabrian

MIN­ISTRY of Tourism direc­tor of mar­ket­ing Ricky Fauzi

JA­PANESE Con­sul Gen­eral Yoshi­aki Miwa tries out some Indonesia del­i­ca­cies

ONE of the par­tic­i­pat­ing In­done­sian com­pa­nies at the expo

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