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10 Indonesian destinations promoted in Vietnam

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Thu, September 6, 2018 | 07:30 pm
10 Indonesian destinations promoted in Vietnam

Bintan Island lies in Tanjung Pinang, Riau Islands. The province is one of 10 destinations highlighted by the Tourism Ministry, along with Bandung, Bali, Jakarta, Yogyakarta-Surakarta-Semarang, Wakatobi-Bunaken-Raja Ampat, Medan, Makassar, Lombok and Banyuwangi. (Shutterstock/Apri Putra)

The Tourism Ministry is conducting a sales mission to promote 10 Indonesian destinations in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Participating in the 2018 International Travel Expo Ho Chi Minh City that runs from Sept. 6-8 at Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center, the ministry is bringing 10 sellers from Bali, Yogyakarta, Riau Islands and Papua.

Among the destinations highlighted by the sales mission are Bandung, Bali, Jakarta, Riau Islands, Yogyakarta-Surakarta-Semarang, Wakatobi-Bunaken-Raja Ampat, Medan, Makassar, Lombok and Banyuwangi.

Indonesia seeks to attract more tourists from Vietnam this year; it welcomed 64,000 Vietnamese last year and is expecting to lure up to 74,000 in 2018.

Masruroh, the ministry’s official in charge of marketing development for Region I, said in a statement that Indonesia considered Vietnam a promising market with ongoing growth in tourism. This was due to the country's increased economy that was boosting the number of middle-to-high income citizens who could afford vacations abroad.

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Last year, there were some 8 million outbound Vietnamese tourists, with the main destinations including Japan, Thailand and China. Indonesia does not yet appear high on that list.

"Based on a survey conducted by the ministry, Vietnamese enjoy luxury and modern travel. They love to shop, spa and [stay at] resorts, which are plentiful in Indonesia. Additionally, its young travelers also look for adventurous or adrenaline-pumping activities," said Masruroh, as quoted by kompas.com.

Aside from the sales mission, the ministry also held a familiarization trip (famtrip) that invited media and tourist industry representatives as endorsers to explore destinations in Indonesia that are suitable for Vietnamese. (kes)

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