The Jakarta Post
Rough Guides' readers mentioned temples and surfing spots in Bali as popular tourist attractions in Indonesia. (Shutterstock/Nikita Shchavelev)
Direct flights between Moscow and Indonesia's resort island of Bali have boosted tourism in the Southeast Asian archipelago, said Indonesian Ambassador to Russia Wahid Supriyadi.
"The increase in Russian tourists in 2018 was 6.95 percent from 117,500 in 2017 to 125,700 people," Wahid said, as quoted by kompas.com.
He added that that was the result of efforts by various parties, including tour operators, tourism agents, media companies and airlines in promoting Indonesian tourist destinations to the Russian public.
Wahid said the opening of direct flights between Moscow and Bali's capital of Denpasar by Russian airline Rossiya Airlines in October 2018 was a key factor for increasing the number of Russian tourists.
The direct connection is a convenient travel mode for Russian tourists with a travel time of around 12 hours.
Wahid noted that Indonesia had been recognized as a popular destination for global travelers, including being named the sixth-most beautiful destination by Rough Guides and one of the safest countries for solo travelers at number 9 in the Global Peace Index.
Indonesia even had three of its islands named as the most beautiful islands in the world, according to Travel + Leisure, namely Java at number 1, Bali in second and Lombok in third place.
Various programs by the Indonesian Embassy in Moscow in collaboration with Indonesia's Tourism Ministry seek to lure Russian tourists to Indonesia, such as sales missions, joint promotion programs, the participation in tourism exhibitions, familiarization trips as well as the annual Indonesian Festival in Moscow.
The Indonesian Festival, organized by the Indonesian Embassy in Moscow since 2016, is a platform for the promotion of trade, tourism and investment and also aims to increase people-to-people contact between Indonesia and Russia.
In 2018, the number of visitors to the third annual Indonesia Festival reached 135,000, and for the upcoming festival to be held from Aug. 1-4, the Indonesian Embassy in Moscow has set a target of 140,000 visitors. (liz/kes)