By APD writer Aditya Nugraha
JAKARTA, Aug 25 (APD) — In a bid to tap highly potential tourism market in Thailand, Indonesia assigns sales missions to attract potential tourists in Thailand’s three cities of Chiang Mai, Phuket and Bangkok slated from August 27 to 30.
Thailand is part of Indonesia’s ultimate tourism markets in Southeast Asia region besides Singapore and Malaysia.
Indonesia received increasing trends of Thailand tourist arrivals in the last several years with 135,000 recorded last year, significantly higher than 93,590 in 2015.
However, the figure was far lesser compared to figures of Thailand tourists received by Singapore and Malaysia in 2015 that reached over 1.5 and 1.2 million respectively.
Thailand outbound market was recorded at 9.65 million in 2015.
Indonesia Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said his ministry would fully facilitate the upcoming sales mission to Thailand as it may also attract western tourists to extend their vacations to Indonesia.
“Thailand tourism is highly lucrative, and besides targeting local tourists we can also get western tourists who spend their vacation in Thailand,” the minister said here on Friday.
Thailand received 35 million foreign tourists last year, making it the largest one among par countries in Southeast Asia region.
The minister said Indonesia would promote destinations in Jakarta, Bali, Riau, Yogyakarta, West Java, East Java, Aceh and West Sumatra provinces in Thailand sales mission.
He added the ministry would support and facilitate dozens of Indonesian tourism business operators from those provinces to meet potential buyers in the Thailand’s three cities.
Due to cultural closeness and extensive flights connecting Indonesia and Thailand, the minister said Indonesia has high potentialities to receive more of tourists from Thailand.
They can arrive in Indonesian destinations no longer than 5 hours. We have the world’s largest Buddhist temple of Borobudur near Yogyakarta and many other places that they seldom see in Thailand, let alone myriad of different cultural attractions in each of those province,” he added.
Besides selling tour packages to those provinces, the sales mission would also promote potentialities from Indonesian traditional foods as well as traditional music.
(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)