Indonesian destinations ‘Beyond Bali’ promoted in India


As reported by Kompas.com, Indonesian Ambassador to India Sidharto R Suryodipuro pronounced on Tuesday that a review island already captivated many Indian tourists, welcoming around 485,000 in 2017, around 28 percent some-more than in a preceding year. 

“But many Indians still do not know there are places like Borobudur and Prambanan,” Sidharto said, referring to a Buddhist and Hindu temples, respectively, both on a island of Java.

The envoy privately invited Indians, many of whom are Hindu, to revisit eremite sites in Indonesia. Sidharto also promoted destinations opposite Sumatra island, that is a archipelago’s segment closest to India. 

Read also: Indonesia eyes Indian tourists visiting Malaysia, Singapore

Transportation stays a plea for travelers between a dual countries. Currently, there are 28 approach flights a week that bond several cities from India and Indonesia.

However, many Indian travelers still need to movement in adjacent countries, such as Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, before reaching Indonesia. 

“The plea is how [to ensure] they can come directly to Indonesia with improved connectivity. Increasing connectivity is now being discussed by a dual countries,” Sidharto said. 

Previously, Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan had invited Indian airlines to offer approach flights to and from Indonesia. Several destinations offering embody Silangit in North Sumatra, Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara, Batam in Riau Islands and Yogyakarta. (liz/kes)

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