Published on : Monday, July 15, 2019
In 2018, Indonesia was the third largest source of tourist arrivals to Brunei with 27,463 visitors, behind China (with 65,563 visitors) and Malaysia (59,528 visitors), as per Indonesian Ambassador to Brunei, Darussalam Dr Sujatmiko revelation.
Dr Sujatmiko, while expressing thoughts at the opening ceremony for the Wonderful Indonesia Travel Fair 2019 being organized at The Mall, also emphasized that the figures shows a drop in the number of Indonesian visitors to Brunei year-on-year, and “more needs to be done” to improve this trend.
“There was a drop in Bruneians visiting Indonesia last year compared to the previous year,” said the ambassador. “Based on Indonesia’s statistical bureau, more than 17,279 Bruneians visited Indonesia in 2018 compared to the previous year with 23,455 Bruneian visitors.”
“Visits to Indonesia by Bruneians were dominated by air transportation, making up 58.3 per cent, followed by land at around 41 per cent and water at 0.7 per cent,” he added. “Through air transportation, Bandar Seri Begawan has direct flights (via Royal Brunei Airlines) to three cities in Indonesia: Jakarta, Surabaya and Bali.”
“Jakarta, which has direct flights from Brunei, offers one of Indonesia’s top 10 destinations – Seribu Islands. Jakarta is known as a shopping and culinary destination, or just as a transit for the surrounding areas – Bandung, Puncak Bogor, etc – and other cities like Padang, Jogja, Solo, Malang and others.”
Dr Sujatmiko observed that the top five Indonesian destinations to attract more tourist dollars from the Brunei market are Bali, Aceh, West Sumatra, Jakarta and Yogyakarta. He further added that new destinations like Derawan in East Kalimantan show a good opportunity for Bruneians to open up new markets as well.
Also, the ambassador highlighted on the bilateral relations between Brunei and Indonesia, stressing the “strong bond” of the two nations. “Both countries continue to enjoy strong ties in a wide spectrum of cooperation, including trade and investment, tourism, agriculture, marine and fisheries, health, defence, education, youth, culture and people-to-people contacts,” he said.