LOT Polish Airlines launched a chartered service between Warsaw and Denpasar, Bali on June 23, marking the first direct service between Poland and Indonesia. The airline’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner carrying 255 passengers arrived in Bali on June 24 at 06.00. Indonesian ambassador for Poland Peter Gontha, when gracing the launch of the maiden flight at Chopin Airport, said the service was a historic moment for tourism between the two countries. He said: “Many people do not believe in the potential of travellers from Central and East Europe, (but) the Indonesian embassy has always made an effort to create new markets for Indonesia.” The chartered service is a collaborative effort between Rainbow Tours Poland and Panorama Destination Indonesia. It will be available every two weeks until March 2017 and Panorama Destination targets to bringing 5,000 travellers from Poland.
Tourists are scheduled not only to visit Bali but also travel to other destinations like Java, Komodo-Flores, Tanjung Puting-Kalimantan, Toraja and Papua. Ricky Setiawanto, director of Panorama Destination, said: “Arrivals will be based on a scheduled service every two weeks, with an average of 250 tourists per arrival. “The strategy to bring tourists by chartered flight back-to-back is a new trend and has two major benefits – it is an easier way for tourists to visit, and it also brings in more tourists to Indonesia.” Szymon Chojnacki, director of product at Rainbow Tours said the high demand for travelling from Poland to Indonesia over the last few years was also a strong reason for this initiative.
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