Visits of Malaysian and Singaporean Tourists Decline, Ministry of Tourism Prepare Solutions

By : Chodijah Febriyani And Aldi Firhand A | Tuesday, August 22 2017 - 19:18 IWST

I Gde Pitana: Kemenpar Optimistic Achievement of 15 Million Tour Visits 2017 Reached (Photo Dije)
I Gde Pitana: Kemenpar Optimistic Achievement of 15 Million Tour Visits 2017 Reached (Photo Dije)

INDUSTRY.co.id - Palembang- The attainment of foreign tourist arrivals in the first semester is rated good by the Ministry of Tourism, up 45 percent and is expected to rise 55 percent in the second half.

This has been conveyed by Deputy Tourism Development Abroad, I Gede Pitana that in the first half of the country that found a good visit.

"In addition to the rising figures, Malaysian and Malaysian tourists have decreased, namely Malaysia which decreased 2.5 percent, because Malaysian tourists visit Vietnam," he added when found INDUSTRY.co.id in Palembang, Tuesday (22 / 8/2017)

To attract tourists from Malaysia and Singapore, the Ministry of Tourism has been preparing croossborder program to attract foreign tourists back to Indonesia.

"For that we make a package that is focused on the border areas of Batam and Bintan by providing cheap packages, but good quality," he continued.

There are eight crossborder areas with 30 areas with a total of 214 selected programs and programs, and we have a target of 3,146 million tourists.

"In this program we are preparing ferry boats for Batam and Bintan areas that have 22 thousand seats capacity.The ferry will carry foreign tourists from Tanah Red, Johor two Singapore one Malaysia, then to six points in Batam and Bintan," he said.

The decline in the number of visits by foreign tourists from Malysia and Australia was dissipated as the tourists moved to Vietnam, as they sold cheap packages to attract tourists.

"Crossborder program is valid for Monday-Thursday and in addition to tour packages, there are also entertainment packages such as hotels, spas and golf," said Pitana.

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