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Tuesday, 21 August, 2018, 11 : 00 AM [IST]

No downfall in Indian arrivals despite natural calamities: Indonesia Deputy Tourism Minister

Indian tourists continued to travel to Indonesia in good numbers despite the natural disasters over the course of last 10 months faced by the South East Asian nation, said Nia Niscaya, Deputy Minister of Tourism Marketing, Ministry of Tourism, Republic of Indonesia (MoTRI). She said that due to Mount Agung eruption last year in Bali, Indonesia has suffered a loss of over one million tourists but it was the Indian market which helped the country resurrect its position in the global tourism market. “There was 30% year-on-year increase in terms of Indian arrivals in 2017, emerging as the fifth largest source market for Indonesia,” she added.

Commenting on the latest earthquake incidents in Lombok and loss incurred to tourism industry, Niscaya said that Lombok is not a popular destination when compared to Bali so the damage to the industry is comparatively less. “In terms of numbers, we have recorded a fall of around 100,000 tourists in past two to three weeks in Lombok.” She informed that MoTRI alone has a budget of approx USD 9 million for mitigations and provides every possible help to tourists in case of any natural calamity.

Niscaya is in India representing MoTRI at the Indonesia Sales Mission happening across Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Hyderabad this month. While Mumbai and New Delhi Sales Mission took place on August 14 and 17, 2018, Bengaluru and Hyderabad will happen on August 27 and 29.

She announced that for 2018, Indonesia has set a target of 700,000 Indian arrivals, of which 3,65,000 have already been recorded between January to August second week of 2018.

Present at New Delhi Sales Mission, Sidharto R Suryodipuro, Republic of Indonesia's Ambassador to India, highlighted the air connectivity aspect and said that talks are going on between aviation regulatory bodies of both nations to renew the air service agreement. He informed that one Indian carrier has expressed interest in starting direct flight from New Delhi to Indonesia and by year-end positive results are expected. At present, there are 56 weekly flights between India and Indonesia.

Alongside, Badung Tourism is also organising a sales mission in collaboration with MoTRI in Chandigarh, Jaipur, Lucknow and Kolkata on August 20, 22, 23 and 24, respectively, said Sigit Witjaksono, Director of Promotion for South & Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa, MoTRI.

Moreover, MoTRI has signed a joint promotion agreement with MakeMyTrip (MMT) to expand its marketing efforts in India. Niscaya stated that along with MMT, MoTRI is also committed to do joint promotions with Jet Airways, FCM Travel Solutions, Cox n Kings and few other B2B travel giants in India.
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