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Destination: Indonesia
02 September 2023 | Written by Chris Alexander

A Message from Panorama Destination Indonesia 

Greetings from Indonesia!

August was a busy time for Panorama Destination Indonesia, and September is already shaping up to be another great month! There’s loads to report and plenty to look forward to, so let’s jump right in.

First of all, the Indonesia team just got back from a series of Tabletop activities in Bangkok, Thailand, where we joined the Indonesia Inbound Tour Operation on 28 August. It was a really satisfying trip, and one of several big events coming up in the calendar over the next few weeks.

For starters, the 43rd ASEAN Summit will be held at the Jakarta Convention Centre (JCC) from 4-7 September 2023. This prestigious event will see the opening of the ASEAN-Indo-Pacific Forum, gala dinners and social events, as well as a spectacular closing ceremony and the official handing over of ASEAN chairmanship to Laos.

Indonesia certainly is going places. From international relations and sporting events to local transport and infrastructure development, we’re a country on the move. The latest milestone on this journey was the grand opening of our brand-new LRT public transportation network, on 28 August 2023. The first bullet train connecting Jakarta to Bandung will set off on 26 September.

The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy has been working to boost international connectivity to Indonesian destinations, particularly for source markets in the Middle East and Asia Pacific regions. Following the signing of an MOU with Singapore Airlines last year, and another with Qatar Airways and Emirates in January and May 2023, respectively, the ministry has just announced a series of new flights.

Earlier this year, Emirates increased seat capacity on Bali flights from 428 to 615, and a new Jeju Air route was established to connect Incheon in South Korea to Manado. Following these developments, negotiations are ongoing with Emirates to open new inbound flights to Yogyakarta; the number of large Boeing 787 Qatar Airways aircraft flying to Medan will be increased from 15 January 2024; and there are also plans to open a Batik Air Indonesia route from Chennai to Medan and from Guangzhou to Manado.

Improved transport links and flight frequency is certainly good news for travellers to Indonesia, who will be able to reach more of this nation’s amazing tourism locations faster and more conveniently than ever before. At Panorama Destination, we’re already helping connect visitors to the wonders of Java, Bali, North Sumatra, Lombok and Komodo / Labuan Bajo.

Our various programmes help to make the most of all these locations. One of our most popular is Wake Up in Bali. From the first week of September, we’ll be taking bookings for 2024. This one’s always popular, so be sure to book a spot as soon as possible!

Since July, international arrivals have been soaring, and Panorama Destination has seen a significant uptick in our clients. September is shaping up to be another busy month, and we’re looking forward to welcoming more visitors to explore the wonders of Indonesia with us.

Whether booking quick getaways in September, planning year-end holidays in December or looking ahead to a fun-filled 2024, Panorama Destination will be happy to facilitate all your travel needs. If you have any questions or special requests, we’d love to hear from you.

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 Promotes Tourist Destinations at Mexican Expo

The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy (Kemenparekraf) is promoting the country’s tourist destinations in an exhibition called Expo Indonesia en Mexico 2023. Through the exhibition, the ministry is facilitating national tourism sector players to conduct business-matching activities, meet with Mexican travel agents, and promote tour packages to Indonesia’s tourist destinations, especially its five super priority tourism destinations (DPSPs).

(source: Antara)

Tourism Industry Association Fears Air Pollution May Affect Tourist Visits

The Indonesian Tourism Industry Association (GIPI) chairperson Hariyadi Sukamdani expressed worry that air pollution would affect foreign tourist visits to Indonesia, especially to Jakarta, although it has not yet received a request for cancellation. “If [air pollution] continues like this, it will definitely have an impact,” Hariyadi said at the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy Building on Monday, 21 August 2023.

(source: Tempo)

Bali the Perfect Ethnowellness Hub for Tourists

Head of the Bali Provincial Tourism Office, Tjok Bagus Pemayun, believes that Bali is suitable as a hub for promoting the ‘Ethnowellness of the Archipelago’ more broadly to foreign tourists. Ethnowellness of the Archipelago is defined as a health and wellness traditions involving massage, physical exercise and meditation which have been practiced for generations and are particular to certain ethnic groups from around Indonesia.

(source: Antara)

Kompas Travel Fair coming to Jakarta in September

Kompas Travel Fair (KTF) will be held on 1-3 September in Halls 5 and 6 of the Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE) BSD Tangerang. KTF 2023, which is being held by Kompas Daily together with Bank Mandiri and Bank OCBC, will be attended by various service providers and travel industry players. Carrying the tagline “Let’s Go”, KTF 2023 presents an exhibition that will accommodate the needs of travellers, such as tour packages, airplane tickets, tourist attraction tickets and tourist equipment.

(source: Kompas)

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