The Tourism Ministry is going to host Business Gathering event on Dec. 14-15 in Melbourne, Australia.
The ministry has invited travel agents, tour operators and media to take part in this event.
“The distance between Australia and Indonesia is not that far and Australians are very interested in destinations in Indonesia. Moreover, 90 percent of them have their own holiday schedule and high buying power for holiday tour packages,” said the ministry’s deputy minister for overseas promotion I Gde Pitana.
“Our target is to inform the Australian people that Bali is safe now; the eruption has come down. The distance between Mount Agung to Denpasar is 65 kilometers. Bali Promotion is back. If nothing gets in the way, the 15 million target can be achieved,” Pitana added.
During the gathering, the ministry will conduct a presentation about destinations in Indonesia and entertain visitors with traditional dance performance and souvenirs.
“Melbourne is chosen because it’s the best business and shopping center in Australia,” told the ministry’s deputy assistant for Asia-Pacific tourism promotion, Vinsensius Jemadu.
The number of tourism visits from Australian tourists is the four highest in Indonesia.
This year, the ministry is aiming to welcome 1,816,000 tourists from Australia, an increase by 29 percent from last year’s target, which was 1.4 million people. (kes)