Published on : Friday, February 24, 2017
Indonesia’s Tourism Minister Arief Yahya is hopeful that Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud’s planned visit to Bali will boost national tourism. According to Yahya, a visit to Bali is a royal family holiday.
King Salman is scheduled to arrive on a state visit in Jakarta on March 1-2 and will be holidaying in Bali on March 4-9, Antara reported.
King Salman’s visit is also a historic moment for Indonesia since the last visit of a Saudi King to the country was in 1970, or 47 years ago.
“If the king comes to Bali, then the people will visit too,” he stated after addressing the Regional Investment Forum 2017 in Bali on Thursday.
“This is a golden opportunity for Indonesia to promote tourism,” he added.
The number of Middle-East visitors to Indonesia is still low, at under 200,000, or still less than 300,000 and 600,000 tourists, respectively visiting Malaysia and Thailand.
King Salman’s visit to Bali for a vacation is expected to have a positive influence on other people, especially those from the Middle Eastern countries.
Arief explained that travellers from the Middle East are premium-class tourists, with a high spending capacity of approximately US$2,000 in a single visit.