The Jakarta Post
Garuda Indonesia targets 80,000 visitors for the second phase of the Garuda Indonesia Travel Fair (GATF) 2018, held at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC) in Senayan, South Jakarta, from Friday to Sunday. (JP/Charisa Vanessa)
More than 40 travel agencies, including five pilgrimage agencies, are joining the second phase of the Garuda Indonesia Travel Fair (GATF) 2018. The event, held by the flag carrier in partnership with Bank Mandiri, is held at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC) in Senayan, South Jakarta, from Friday to Sunday.
Various travel packages are offered by the agencies, including for the umrah as well as for cruise and winter vacations. Garuda Indonesia promises competitive prices for international as well as domestic routes. The South Korean capital city of Seoul, for instance, can be visited with round trip fares starting at Rp 2.7 million (US$177), while a return ticket to Raja Ampat in West Papua can be bought for Rp 2.1 million.
Other programs available throughout the biannual event are Happy Hour, which offers up to 80 percent discounts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Best Deal with up to 50 percent discounts, an additional 1,000 miles for GarudaMiles customers and 30 percent discounts on prepaid baggage.
Pikri Ilham Kurniansyah, Garuda Indonesia's commercial director, speaks at the opening ceremony of the second phase of the Garuda Indonesia Travel Fair (GATF) 2018 at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC) in Senayan, South Jakarta, on Friday. (JP/Charisa Vanessa)
Having joined the GATF in 2017, Bank Mandiri also presents numerous special offers, including a 50 percent discount with fiestapoin, zero percent installments for up to 12 months using their credit card and up to Rp 2 million cashback using their credit or debit cards.
One of the visitors, Citra, 27, from Bekasi, West Java, praised the variety of travel agencies there. “It’s worth it [coming to the travel fair], especially if you’re on a budget,” said Citra, who plans to fly to Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara. “The place is also comfortable.”
The GATF has been held in 30 cities since last September. It targets total transactions of Rp 448 billion, including Rp 218 billion in Jakarta.
Collaborating with the Tourism Ministry, Garuda Indonesia has also conducted the Wonderful Indonesia – Garuda Indonesia Travel Fair (WI-GATF) abroad to lure foreign travelers to Indonesia.
Pikri Ilham Kurniansyah, the airline's commercial director, said its WI-GATF event in Shanghai, which ended in early September, had generated 8.5 million yuan ($1.3 million) in sales, and the airline was focusing on the WI-GATF this year by adding Singapore and Australia as forthcoming venues. (kes)