Indonesia aiming to attract tourists with culinary tourism

Published on : Thursday, May 11, 2017

attract tourists with culinary tourismAccording to Indonesia’s Tourism Ministry, the country wants to use culinary and shopping tourism for boosting visitor numbers from 12 million last year to 20 million by 2019.


Vita Datau, head of the Culinary and Shopping Tourism Acceleration Team, is attending the 3rd World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism in San Sebastian, where 250 experts from 50 countries have gathered at the Basque Culinary Centre (BCC).


Datau noted the great potential of Indonesia’s culinary magic and commercial offerings for the growth of tourism. She explained that there are five culinary destinations: Yogyakarta, Solo, Semarang, Bandung and Bali.


Spices, but also wines, vegetables, fruit and coffee, form part of Bali’s cuisine, with two local restaurants having made to the recent lists of the 50 Best Asian Restaurants. These accolades are very important for promoting the culinary attractions of a country that has three large shopping malls rated among the 10 best in the world.


As part of this promotional drive, Indonesia’s government and the private sector have joined forces.


Datau said that Indonesia welcomed 10 million foreign visitors in 2015 and 12 million in 2016. The target for this year is to reach 15 million, 17 million in 2018 and 20 million in 2019, of which 2.3 million people are expected to be linked to culinary tourism and an even higher number to shopping. She said that Indonesia’s tourism offering will attract visitors from noted culinary countries like France and Spain.


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