Indonesia Aims To Attract Up To 1.5 Million Chinese Tourists This Year

Indonesia Aims To Attract Up To 1.5 Million Chinese Tourists This Year

JAKARTA, Jan 22 (NNN-ANTARA) – The Indonesian government targets to attract one to 1.5 million arrivals of tourists from China, this year, local media reported, yesterday.

“Last year, young people dominated the number of Chinese tourists, around 65 percent. They spend long stays, around five to seven days, and prefer adventurous activities, nature and cultures,” said Wisnu Sindhutrisno, Director of Regional Tourism Marketing, from Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, in Bali, on Saturday.

“They arrive here not only in peak season, but also in low season. The arrival of these tourists is expected to provide equitable distribution of tourism benefits in Indonesia,” he added.

He said that, as an attempt to reach the 2024 target, the government prioritised promoting programmes to China that related to villages, homestays, and several destinations managed by communities in villages.

“In Yogyakarta, for example, we have chocolate making [industries] and buffalo bathing [activities]. We want to invite them to experience these tourism activities,” Sindhutrisno said, adding that, the tourism promotion to the Chinese government would be strengthened.

Currently there are 13 airlines that have opened direct flights from China to Indonesia and return.

The Indonesian government pledged to work with several major tourism industry players in China, to increase tourist arrivals and improve air transport connectivity.– NNN-ANTARA

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