Jakarta. The Ministry of Tourism invited representatives of popular travel agencies in India to visit Yogyakarta and Bali on May 15-19 as part of a promotional campaign, known as Familiarization Trip, or Famtrip.
I Gede Pitana, marketing development deputy at the ministry, said in a statement on Tuesday (16/05) that the program aims to familiarize well-known international travel agencies with popular Indonesian tourist destinations.
"Famtrip is one of our most effective promotional campaigns to allow foreign travel agents to learn more about popular destinations across the archipelago," Gede said.
The Indian representatives are also expected to take part in the eighth Jogja Travel Mart, a local tourism bazaar, during their stay in Yogyakarta.
That event, which takes place on May 15-16, will see domestic hotels, travel agencies and restaurants market popular tourism packages to as many as 834 local and foreign buyers, according to Tourism Ministry representative Vinsensius Jemadu.
"Famtrip participants will be introduced to [local] tourist destinations, such as the Borobudur and Prambanan temples," Vinsensius said. "After that, the Indian representatives will head to Bali to enjoy the island's unique cuisine."
Famtrip participants are also expected to visit the Leke tourist village in Bedugul, Bali, to enjoy leisurely recreational activities, such as tubing.
"Hopefully, the promotional campaign will lead to increased tourism from India," Vinsensius said.
The Tourism Ministry will look to draw as many as 546,000 tourists from India this year.