The view of Timang islet in Gunung Kidul regency, Yogyakarta. Tourists must brace themselves to cross the strait. (JP/Magnus Hendratmo)
The Yogyakarta Indonesian Association Amusement Parks and Recreation (PUTRI) has been working hard on improving the service and capacity of tourism in Yogyakarta.
Recently, the leader of the association, GKR Bendara who is the youngest daughter of Sultan Hamengkubowono X, met with Indonesian Charms Generation (GenPI) Yogyakarta chapter.
The meeting was attended by volunteers of GenPI Yogyakarta consisting of photographers, videographers, social media activists and Instagram influencers.
GKR Bendara encouraged GenPI Yogyakarta members to keep on promoting Indonesian tourism, especially Yogyakarta. She also reminded everyone that the promotion should walk hand-in-hand with the readiness of the tourist destinations.
“We promote intensely but then when tourists come they don’t find anything satisfying and they end up feeling disappointed, please don’t let this happen,” she said.
GKR Bendara moreover said that with the new international airport in Kulonprogo, the international tourists' target for 2021 will be 15 million tourists. Currently, the number is three million people.
Yogyakarta itself offers plenty of tourist destinations ranging from nature, cultural, historic and man-made.
Meanwhile, tourism minister Arief Yahya thanked GKR Bendara for meeting with GenPI Yogyakarta. Arief said that GenPI always promotes three main things on social media, which are tourist destinations, calendar of events, and tourism policies that the public should be aware of.
“GenPI will become a community who is active in social media, it will be one of the ministry’s Pentahelix strengths. GenPI has the cultural value that in the future will play a strategic role in developing a commercial value together with Indonesia Tourism Xchange (ITX),” said Arief. (asw)
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