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Destination: Indonesia
03 May 2024 | Written by Chris Alexander

A Message from Panorama Destination Indonesia 

Hello from Indonesia!  

There’s lots of good news to report from Indonesia, with visitor numbers continuing to rise and a series of important travel events coming up in the calendar this month. Let’s get started. 

First of all, our performance in Q1 and Q2 has been very positive, with inbound client numbers increasing compared to the same period in 2023. The majority of these visitors have come from ASEAN, Europe, Africa, North America and Canada. 

This month, Indonesia will host a pair of important events, namely the 2nd UN Tourism Regional Conference on the empowerment of Women in Tourism in Asia and Pacific, which will be held in Bali from 2–4 May; and the 10th World Water Forum, also held in Bali, from 18–25 May.  

May is also set to be especially rewarding for Panorama Destination Indonesia, as we will present at two prestigious international events: IMEX Frankfurt and ITB China. These trade shows will allow us to showcase some excellent products covering Sumatra, Java, Bali, Flores (Komodo) and Lombok, incorporating a mix of round trips, overland and beach stays.  

Peak holiday season is just around the corner. Bali remains the most popular destination in Indonesia (and one of the world’s favourite travel locations), so book early to reserve your stay and get the most of travel to the Island of the Gods. If you would like to discuss your requirements in more detail, or explore other options around Indonesia this summer, we’d be delighted to support you. 

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: 

New Regulation Supports Quality Tourism Ecosystem  

The Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment is creating a regulation on the Quality Tourism Endowment Fund, a collaborative effort involving various ministries and institutions. “This is aimed at creating a quality tourism ecosystem,” said Odo R.M. Manuhutu, the ministry’s Deputy for Tourism and Creative Economy, on Monday (22/4). The quality tourism ecosystem is based on four pillars: competitiveness of basic infrastructure, sustainable tourism management, unique destinations and high-value tourism services.  

(source: Tempo

Garuda Indonesia Rejects Tourism Fee on Flights  

Garuda Indonesia president director Irfan Saputra has said he does not agree with the government’s plan to impose tourism fees on airline tickets. Irfan said that imposing tourism fees through plane tickets would only raise ticket prices, further burdening the passengers. “I don’t agree with it being included in the ticket price,” he said on Wednesday, 24 April. News of the plan first surfaced after Alvin Lie, a member of the Indonesian National Association of Airline Companies’ Council of Experts, uploaded a photo of a letter from the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime and Investment Affairs inviting him to a meeting. The letter said that the meeting agenda was to discuss “charging tourism fees through flight tickets”.  

(source: Tempo

‘No Over-tourism in Bali’: Tourism Minister  

There is no over-tourism in Bali despite the island being one of the most popular tourist destinations in Indonesia, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno has said. “If we see the island as a whole, there is no over-tourism (as the issue is) only in southern Bali,” he expounded at a ministry gathering here on Friday (19/4). He added that some regions in Bali Island have the potential to be developed as eco-tourism destinations, which would help distribute tourists away from South Bali and alleviate their burden. 

(source: Antara

Indonesia Implements Visa Bridging Policy  

The Directorate General of Immigration at the Ministry of Law and Human Rights enforces the Transitional Residence Permit policy, or the “Bridging Visa” policy. Director General of Immigration, Silmy Karim, said the visa acts as a ”bridge” between the previous residence permits and the new ones. “Thus, it is possible for foreign citizens holding Visit Visas submitted via to obtain Limited Stay Permits without having to leave Indonesian territory,” said Silmy in a written statement on Tuesday, 23 April 2024. 

(source: Tempo

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