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Destination: Indonesia
01 April 2024 | Written by Chris Alexander

A Message from Panorama Destination Indonesia 

Warm greetings from Indonesia!  

As we reach the end of Q1 2024, the signs from Indonesia are very promising indeed. Both in terms of total pax and revenue, the numbers are up compared to 2023, which suggests we’re well and truly on the right track this year. In the immediate future, we’re looking forward to a number of celebrations in the calendar, including Eid Mubarak (or the end of the Ramadhan fasting month), on 10 April; and the long Easter weekend, from 29-31 March.

There’s plenty of reason to celebrate in the tourism sector too, with new flights opening up to meet the increased demand of inbound arrivals. For example, Etihad Airways will begin operating a new schedule from 23 April direct to Bali from Abu Dhabi every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. With these new flights and many more besides, we’re expecting to see another spike in arrivals over the coming months.

Those who visit Indonesia with Panorama Destination really are spoiled for choice, with loads of excellent locations to choose from. At the moment, we’re focusing our efforts on some classic attractions, while also introducing travellers to a few hidden gems off the beaten track. With that in mind, our main areas of focus are Sumatra, Java, Bali and Komodo. Our SIC Java Bali Overland (with fixed and guaranteed departure) and Wake Up in Bali programmes are the perfect way to explore the many delights Indonesia has to offer.

At Panorama Destination Indonesia, we continue updating our practices and raising standards, particularly in regard to sustainable tourism. We’ve just completed a training session to integrate our new Carbon Calculator technology, which will help us lower emissions and make our operations greener. With groups travelling from Europe and Asia and FIT from Europe, South Africa, Nord America and Asia, the Spring and Summer season is shaping up to be a busy and satisfying time for all of us.

If you have clients who would like to experience Indonesia – whether first-timers or repeat visitors – we have the programmes to suit their tastes and make their stay an unforgettable experience. Please feel free to get in touch, and we’ll be happy to discuss your requirements in more detail.

Best regards, 

Ricky Setiawanto,  

Director of Business Development, Panorama Destination Indonesia.

Destination digest: Indonesia news in brief 

A few bitesize news stories and tourism developments making the headlines in Indonesia in recent weeks: 

Garuda Indonesia increases flight frequency to attract foreign tourists

State airliner Garuda Indonesia will increase the flight frequency of 16 domestic routes across the archipelago from April to August 2024. Garuda Indonesia president director Irfan Setiaputra hopes that the increase will attract foreign tourists to visit various destinations in Indonesia. He explained that the increase in flight frequency was required to promote destinations across the country [and] give positive impacts to the national economy.

(source: Tempo)

Preparations begin for Semarapura Festival in April

Now in its sixth year, Semarapura Festival is set to take place in Klungkung on 28 April, as part of the Kharisma Event Nusantara (KEN) series hosted by the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy. The festival will feature various local MSMEs and culinary offerings, with a main stage erected in front of the Ida Dewa Agung Jambe Monument. The full line-up of artists and attractions is set to be announced soon.

(source: Bali Post)

Officers conduct spot checks for Bali tourism tax

Bali’s Tourism Tax has been in effect for five weeks. Top tourism officials are confident that all tourists should be up to speed with the new system by now, so the newly established Tourism Police Units will conduct spot checks to ensure everyone has paid their dues. Speaking to reporters, the Head of the Bali Tourism Department, Tjok Bagus Pemayun, explained, “Inspections will be carried out starting next week, 26 March, 2024, to be precise. We will target tourist attractions in Bali including Uluwatu, Tanah Lot, Ulun Danu Beratan and also Tampaksiring.’

(source: The Bali Sun)

Indonesian collaborative Dayak art performance attracts Visitors at San Francisco’s International Tourism Exhibition 2024

Hosted at the Indonesian Pavilion at the San Francisco/Bay Area Travel and Adventure Show 2024, held at the Santa Clara Convention Center, this series of thematic programmes for cultural diplomacy and tourism has been carried out by the Indonesian Consulate General in San Francisco since 2022. It included angklung, wayang golek, gamelan and pasundan cuisine, along with the promotion and education of Komodo and orang utan conservation tourism, Tana Toraja art and culture, and Bali, as well as a series of classical and contemporary Javanese wayang kulit and theatrical art performances.

(source: Kemlu)

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