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Indonesia targets half a million Indian visitors

February 16, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Indonesia is expecting to cross half a million mark in Indian arrivals this year. The Asian nation which started actively courting Indian travellers is upbeat with renewed Garuda connections after a long gap. The NTO brought-in 18 suppliers on a sales mission to Mumbai and Delhi last week.Andriyatna Rubenta, Deputy Director of Sales Mission for Asia Pacific said: “We had 30 percent growth with 340,000 visitors last year. We are targeting 40 percent growth this year.”

Sales mission included restaurant, accommodation, DMC, airline and a representative from Heritage attractions.

Indonesia Government representatives at India Sales Mission 2017

Saut Siringoringo, Consul General, Consulate of Indonesia, Mumbai added that: “40 percent increase is a reasonable target that is possible with direct flight connections in addition to free visa on arrival that is already in place.”

Indonesia shares many cultural and heritage links with India, but Indian visits so far are limited to Bali.

Jamaludin Mawardi, Promotion Manager, PT. Taman Wisata Candi, Borobudur, Prambanan & Ratu Boko, told eGTMedia: “Indian visitors mostly know about Bali. I would like to emphasise that we have many more attractions in Jogjakarta.” Indian visitor numbers are growing at World Heritage sites like Borobudur, the mega Buddhist temple and Prambanan, biggest Hindu temple in Indonesia. It is presently at the sixth position along with China, after Netherlands, Spain, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore.  Mawardi added: “With continuous sales promotion in Indian market, I’m sure many more will visit. We also have beach, cultural and educational attractions along with heritage.”

International Yoga day celebrations at Prambanan Temple, Jogjakarta

Sunrise at Borobudur before crowds come in and sunset at Ratu Boko, a temple built with a combination of Hindu and Buddhist styles are outstanding. While monks coming from across Asia to celebrate the two day Vesak festival (full moon day in May) at Borobudur add spirit to the temple, yogis add life to Prambanan on the International yoga day on 21 June.

Komodo Island in East Nusa Tenggara is known for world’s biggest lizard known as Komodo dragon. The big island with little population is also a good destination for diving.

With projection of many new attractions and direct 3 times-a-week Garuda Indonesia flights from Mumbai, Indonesia is ambitiously targeting 546,000 visitors from India this year.

Vesak Day Procession at Borobudur Temple

Written By Anand & Madhura Katti

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