Bali continues to be the most preferred destination for Middle East visitors

Published on : Wednesday, December 20, 2017

BaliBali still continues to be the most popular destination in terms of Middle East visitors coming to Indonesia, a Tourism Ministry official explained on Sunday.

“After Bali, other popular destinations include Jakarta, Bandung and Bogor in West Java and, lately, Lombok,” explained by Rita Sofia, the ministry’s department head of tourism trips and promotion for Europe, the Middle East, United States and Africa, as published by Antara news agency in Manama, Bahrain, on Sunday.

The ministry is aggressively endorsing Indonesian tourism in five countries like the Middle East, namely Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar and Oman. As per Rita, it was also focusing on countries that organized many expats, such as Bahrain and UAE.

“Besides promoting [Indonesian destinations] to these countries’ citizens, many expats in Bahrain and UAE are also attracted to vacationing in Indonesia,” she said.

Rita further added that the ministry also kept on cooperating with the Visit Indonesia Tourism Office (VITO), which worked as the representative abroad of the tourism industry. Established in 2005 in three nations, VITO at present has offices in thirteen different countries across the globe.

The ministry, in partnership with the Indonesian Embassy (KBRI) in Manama, arranged on Sunday the “Indonesia Tourism Gala Dinner”, which was attended by tour operators, travel agents, and officials from ASEAN embassies in Bahrain.

As per the data of the ministry, up to 12.02 million international visitors visited Indonesia in 2016, including from Singapore (1.47 million), China (1.45 million), Malaysia (1.225 million) and Australia (1.198 million). In the meantime, the number of visitors from the Middle East was still quite less, with Saudi Arabia contributing 186,654 visitors, Egypt 14,325 and UAE 8,220.

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