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Destination: Indonesia
05 February 2024 | Written by Chris Alexander

A Message from Panorama Destination Indonesia 

Hello from Indonesia!

At the end of January, Indonesia’s Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry outlined their vision for the tourism sector at the 2024 ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF). Their aim is to position Indonesia as a tourism destination that is recognised globally for its sustainability and inclusivity.

Panorama Destination is also committed to supporting Indonesia on this journey, as the tourism sector is reorientated in a more sustainable, more inclusive direction. Already this year, we’ve taken big steps forward, not least by implementing our new carbon calculator technology – a sign of our commitment to greener tourism. Staff have been trained in January and we’re ready to roll out this innovative new system, which will ultimately help us reduce our emissions, lower our energy use and lessen the environmental impact of our tourism operations.

This month, Indonesia is set to witness another major change – this time in the political landscape, as the country goes to the voting booths to pick a new president. The general election is scheduled to take place on 14 February 2024, so expect to see plenty of news coverage in the run-up to this historic event. The election also coincides with Chinese New Year (10-15 February), so there’s extra cause for celebration in the weeks ahead.

Also in February, Panorama Destination will be attending OTM Mumbai; the largest and most internationally diverse gathering of travel trade buyers and professionals in India. Held from 8-10 February, the show is a great opportunity to establish long-term business relationships, while also getting a sneak peek at some of the hottest new tourism offerings coming out of Indonesia and the wider Asian region. If you’re attending OTM this year, we look forward to meeting you there!

At OTM Mumbai we’ll be sharing some popular tourism packages from Indonesia, focusing on incredible destinations like Java, Bali and Lombok. Some of our most popular products for these locations include the Regular Java Overland tour, and our Wake Up in Bali combined with Lombok. Panorama Destination offers trips to locations all over Indonesia, so if your clients want to see something off the beaten track, then we’ll be happy to arrange a bespoke itinerary.

In January, we saw the numbers of international visitors to Indonesia rising steadily, especially in comparison to the same month last year. This positive trend bodes well for the coming season, and we expect to take a lot of bookings in the weeks and months ahead. With more and more international flights coming to Indonesia – not just to Bali, but to other locations like Medan and Jakarta too – many more people will see the archipelago in all its colourful diversity. If you have clients planning to make the trip, you can trust us to make it an unforgettable experience.

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: 

Indonesia wins big at the ASEAN Tourism Awards

The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy has announced that a number of Indonesian hotels, cities and tourist destinations won 14 ASEAN tourism awards in Laos. During the 2024 ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) in Vientiane, Laos, on Friday (29/1), the hotels won in four prestigious categories: ASEAN Sustainable Tourism Award, ASEAN Clean Tourist City Award, ASEAN Green Hotel Award, and ASEAN MICE Venue Award.

(source: ANTARA)

New tourism tax in Bali effective 14 February

The Bali Provincial Government has decided to introduce an international tourism tax that will require foreign tourists to pay a one-time fee of Rp150,000, or about US$10, in addition to the visa fee, when entering the island. The tax policy will enter into force starting 14 February 2024. The regional tourism businesses have called for transparency in the management of the funds. Ida Bagus Agung Partha Adnyana, the chairman of the Indonesian Tourism Industry Association (GIPI) of the Bali Chapter, said the levy was regulated by the law for the preservation of culture and the environment.

(source: Tempo)

Indonesia targets 1.5 million Chinese tourists in 2024

The Indonesian government is targeting 1.5 million Chinese tourists in 2024, double last year’s figure, an official said. The arrival of these tourists is expected to provide equitable distribution of tourism benefits in Indonesia, he added. Last year, Indonesia welcomed over 700,000 Chinese tourists, lower than neighbouring countries such as Thailand (3.5 million) and Vietnam (1.7 million).

(source: VNexpress)

Indonesia calls for sustainability at ATF 2024

The Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry called for the implementation of the values of sustainability and inclusivity in the tourism sector at the 2024 ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF). “We must position Indonesia as a quality tourism destination that is recognised globally, with key values such as sustainability and inclusivity,” the deputy for resources and institutions at the ministry, Martini Paham, said in a press statement released by the ministry.

(source: ANTARA)

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