The Jakarta Post
The government has told travel agents and aviation companies to start offering the 10 new tourist destinations it has designated as the new Balis to provide travelers with alternative places to go.
Airlines and travel agents have to offer more tour packages to the 10 destinations being developed by the government, said the head of the Tourism Ministry’s 10 prioritized tourist destination promotion, Hiramsyah Sambudi Thaib.
“If currently, they offer two tour packages to Bali and one package to Manado, for example, they have to start offering two packages to Manado and one package to Bali,” said Hiramsyah as reported by tempo.co on Monday.
(Read also: Manado set to be nation’s new tourism gem)
For that, air transportation should be improved because most tourists used airplanes to reach the destinations, said Hiramsyah, adding that the government would improve the status of many airports to make them international hubs.
The airports that are to be improved include Adi Sumarmo Airport in Surakarta, Central Java, Kualanamu Airport in Medan and Lombok International Airport in West Nusa Tenggara.
The 10 new tourist destinations include Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Tanjung Kelayang in Bangka Belitung, Tanjung Lesung in Banten, Thousand Islands regency in Jakarta, Borobudur in Central Java, areas of Bromo, Tengger and Semeru in East Java, Mandalika in West Nusa Tenggara, Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara, Wakatobe in Southest Sulawesi and Norotai in North Maluku. (bbn)