In order to educate the Indian travel trade about Indonesia as a destination, Indonesia Tourism will conduct workshops across four Indian cities in August-September 2012. The cities chosen for the workshops are Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai and Kolkata. Additionally, the tourism board will conduct training programmes in Punjab and Rajasthan for travel agents and tour operators. This information was provided by Nia Niscaya, Director of International Tourism Promotion, Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Republic of Indonesia during an interaction at the Indonesia Tourism stall at Outbound Travel Mart (OTM) in Mumbai yesterday.
She said, “In 2011, we received 168,122 Indian visitors and we are targeting 180,000 tourists from India in 2012. Besides the workshops, we will also look at participate in trade shows, conduct sales missions and FAM trips for the trade, as well as work with tour operators on advertising campaigns.”Indonesia Tourism plans to focus on attracting the MICE segment from India this year. Niscaya said, “The MICE market from India, especially Incentives, is a significant one and we want to attract more MICE traffic to Indonesia.” She also revealed that an online training programme for the Indian travel trade is under discussion. According to her, Indonesia is also exploring the possibility of introducing direct flights to Bali and Jakarta from Delhi by the national carrier of Indonesia, Garuda Indonesia.