The Jakarta Post
Ijen crater was among the destinations in Banyuwangi visited by bloggers and influencers from South America and Europe. (Shutterstock/File)
Twenty-one bloggers and influencers from South America and Europe explored Banyuwangi on Oct. 19 to 23, a trip overseen by the Foreign Ministry in a bid to promote Indonesian tourism.
Also participating in the trip were tour operators and journalists from the South American region and Western Europe, as reported by tempo.co.
"There are those from Brazil, Chile, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Greece, Portugal, Spain and Belgium," said Darianto Harsono, the ministry's sub directorate III head at the American II directorate.
Darianto said the ministry had chosen Banyuwangi for the region's rapid tourism development. "We also scheduled a tour operator meeting with tourist industry players in Banyuwangi to open up opportunities for good cooperation between them," Darianto said.
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The group also attended the Gandrung Sewu Festival, a performance involving 1,200 dancers on the edges of Boom Beach overlooking the Bali Strait.
"The Gandrung Sewu Festival is amazing. It's beautiful," said Jose Sergio, manager of Volta Ao Mundomagazine, the largest travel magazine in Portugal.
Sergio said the Gandrung Sewu Festival was very special as it featured thousands of dancers in beautiful bright red-colored costumes. Coupled with an epic narrative and views of the strait and Bali, he added that it made the show even more fascinating.
Throughout the trip, the group visited, among others places, the famous Ijen crater, as well as Bangsring Underwater, Red Island and Alas Puro National Park. (liz/kes)