Indonesia anticipates welcoming International Visitors in July 2021
The Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy announced at the Arabian Travel Market Dubai 2021 that preparations are underway to partially reopen its borders to international visitors.
President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, announced plans to reopen borders in July 2021, with destinations including Bali, Batam and Bintan serving as 'locomotive' regions to kickstart tourism for the whole country - if the pandemic is handled as well as expected.
In preparation, the government has carried out a widespread vaccination program for targeted groups, including the tourism workforce. In addition, the government has also initiated the Cleanliness, Health, Safety, and Environmental Sustainability (CHSE) certification program throughout the tourism sector in Indonesia.
On behalf of the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia (MoTCE), Deputy Minister for Tourism Marketing, Mrs. Nia Niscaya, signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) between the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy Republic of Indonesia and Emirates Airlines during ATM 2021. The Cooperation aims to boost marketing activities overseas, especially in Dubai.
The theme of this year's ATM show was 'A New Dawn for Travel and Tourism'. The spotlight focused on how the latest 'COVID' news worldwide is likely to affect international tourism in 2021 and beyond.
62 countries joined the exhibition floor this year, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Germany, Cyprus, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, the Maldives, the Philippines, Thailand, Mexico and the U.S. In comparison, while 140 countries participated in the virtual event.
Middle East travellers have long been a key market for Indonesian tourism destinations. In 2019, the Middle East recorded a significant increase in arrivals to Indonesia, registering 263,923 visitors (27,88% higher than 2018).
Indonesia Deputy of Minister for Tourism Marketing, Nia Niscaya noted "by participating in ATM Dubai 2021, outbound tourism's leading global event, we are demonstrating that Indonesia is confident of maintaining its position as a world-class destination.”
Image: The Indonesian Pavilion at Arabian Travel Market Dubai 2021 (from left) Husin Bagis, Indonesian Ambassador for Abu Dhabi; Nia Niscaya, Deputy Minister for Tourism Marketing; and Consulate General of Republic of Indonesia for Dubai
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