TOURISM TO STRENGTHEN MIN­DANAO-INDON TIES

In­done­sia’s Sales Mis­sion in Davao is part of the In­done­sian gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tives to strengthen ties with Min­danao.

Sun.Star Davao - - BUSINESS - BY GILFORD A. DOQUILA / Re­porter

In­done­sian tour agents pro­mot­ing tourism to Filipino tourist agen­cies and of­fices will strengthen eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties be­tween In­done­sia and Min­danao, an In­done­sian con­sul gen­eral said.

In­done­sian con­sul gen­eral Ber­lian Na­pitupulu said In­done­sia’s Sales Mis­sion held last Thurs­day De­cem­ber 6, 2018 at Marco Polo Ho­tel, Davao City is one of the ini­tia­tives of the In­done­sian gov­ern­ment to strengthen ties with neigh­bor­ing is­lands like Min­danao.

In an in­ter­view Na­pitupulu said it is vi­tal to pro­mote tourism with Min­danao be­cause both is­land claim to be neigh­bors.

“And what good way can help each other but by cre­at­ing events like these which can help boost trade,” Na­pitupulu said, adding how tourism can in­crease cre­ation of em­ploy­ment ben­e­fit­ting both In­done­sian and Min­dana­won la­bor force.

In state­ment, the In­done­sian Min­istry of Tourism tar­gets to reach up to 17 mil­lion tourist guests and is ex­pected to in­crease vis­i­tors to 20 mil­lion by 2019. Ac­cord­ing to In­done­sia Cen­tral Bureau of Statis­tics, the num­ber of vis­i­tors from the Philip­pines un­til Oc­to­ber this year has reached 179,600 peo­ple which is 99.8 per­cent of the tar­get of the con­sulate.

Mean­while, Na­pitupulu said that the pro­posed di­rect flight by Philip­pine Air­lines (PAL) to Manado, In­done­sia can en­cour­age more tourism ac­tiv­i­ties in pro­mot­ing both is­lands.

The flight fre­quency and sched­ules are yet to be given ac­cord­ing to the In­done­sian con­sulate though the em­bassy con­firmed a fea­si­bil­ity study on the Davao-Manado air route has been done.

The Sales Mis­sion was at­tended by eight In­done­sian tour agents and op­er­a­tors from North Su­lawasi and West Nusa Teng­gara. They met with around 50 Filipino trav­el­ling agen­cies in tar­get­ing vis­i­tors from the Philip­pine mar­ket.

Na­pitupulu said this wouldn’t be the last Sales Mis­sion they would be con­duct­ing in the city.

The In­done­sian con­sul gen­eral also said the event will like­wise help pro­mote the beau­ti­ful is­lands of Min­danao as In­done­sian tourists agents visit and ex­pand busi­ness op­er­a­tions in the city.

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