Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism and the Creative Economy is urging direct air connections be established between Indonesia and India in order to foster further tourism growth.
Quoted by BisnisBali.com, the director of overseas promotion for the Ministry, Nia Niscaya, said: “With direct flights there will be more Indian tourists who will visit, attracted by the ease of access.”
Niscaya’s comments were made at a recent seminar on ASEAN-India held in Jakarta. She went on the say that the growth has been significant in Indian tourist numbers to Indonesia over the past six years, a number that will only grow further if facilitated with direct flight connections.
The Ministry of Tourism has targeted 180,000 Indian visitors to Indonesia for 2012; representing a 22.5% market share of all Indian’s who will take foreign trips in that year.
Meanwhile, the Indonesian Statistic Bureau reports that Indian visitors to Indonesia through the end of August 2012 have increased 7.63% - totaling 115,219 visitors.
India arrivals to Bali paint a somewhat different picture. Indian arrivals to Bali ending September 2012 have declined 12.6% compared to 2011, totaling 32,361 Indian arrivals for the first nine months of 2012 from that market.
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