The Tourism Ministry is set to hold sales missions that focus on Indonesian dive sites in three cities in China, namely Beijing on July 25, Chongqing on July 26 and Guangzhou on July 28.
“The Chinese market is important for Indonesia. Apart from being the ministry's main target market, China also contributes a significant amount of tourists to the country,” said the ministry's deputy minister for Overseas Promotion, I Gde Pitana.
“The Chinese tourists are currently interested in marine tourism. Our main target markets are Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai, while the secondary city that we are eyeing on is Chongqing,” he added.
Among the destinations that will be promoted at the sales mission events are Bali, Lombok, Komodo Island, Alor, Derawan, Wakatobi, Togean, Ambon, Banda and Raja Ampat.
Around seven sellers from Indonesia are scheduled to meet with Chinese buyers during the event.
Last year's sales mission reportedly managed to bring together five sellers and 75 buyers in Dalian, six sellers and 73 buyers in Qingdao, and five industries and 80 buyers in Beijing. (kes)
Jakarta. Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said the government will consider assisting entrepreneurs and private businesses to achieve its target of establishing 20,000 homestays across the country this year.
Speaking at this year's second national meeting on tourism at the Bidakara Hotel in South Jakarta on Thursday (18/05), Arief said government agencies will work alongside Real Estate Indonesia, academics, local communities and media outlets to provide more budget-friendly accommodation in priority tourism areas.
Arief added that positive digital disruption, or the emergence of game-changing digital services, will propel the industry in the coming years to allow the ministry to achieve its ultimate target of establishing 100,000 homestays across the archipelago by 2019.
"It is real; it is inevitable. Sooner or later, it will happen, it is just a matter of time before all companies, institutions or nations will be 'disrupted.' In the digital era, it will be swift," the minister said.
"Even companies with impeccable reputations, stalwarts of the 'old way,' must adapt to the new digital landscape to survive these changes," he added.
Arief cited online-based ride-hailing services such as Grab and Go-Jek as examples of new companies that have changed the conventional business landscape. He said traditional hotel agents have been usurped in recent years by the convenient and user-friendly services offered by companies such as Airbnb and Traveloka.
"These innovations are always seen as chaotic at first. They were initially ignored, because many people did not believe they could work. Well, they do," he said.
Realizing the massive impact of digital technology, Arief, a former director of state-owned telecommunication company Telkom, has been digitizing homestay management since last year.
"Now, 2,000 homestays have been registered on the digital platform belonging to the Indonesia Tourism Exchange [ITX]," he said.
The platform assists homestay owners to manage their businesses on par with world-class hotel chains.
"It is a must; it cannot be bargained anymore. Those who are not joining will experience difficulties in their businesses," he said.
However, Arief said the effect will be positive. It will increase the size of the market and value of tourism in Indonesia. Demand will increase, as the market consists of multiple sources across the globe.
"So, our cultural village homestays can be worldwide, not only operating in Indonesia," he said.
Arief said it can often take up to five years to build a hotel, which is considered high-cost tourism, while homestays, which constitute low-cost tourism, only take six months to establish.
"Interest in home-sharing is expected to increase from 10 percent [in 2016] to 15 percent [in 2020] in most major cities around the world. In Southeast Asia, the trend is also expected to increase from 2 percent [in 2016] to 5 percent [in 2020]. Therefore, I believe Indonesia will become the best and largest homestay manager in the world. It is a dream we can achieve together," he said.
Before you go, here are some of the most entertaining things to do on Galveston Island.
There is plenty of room to lay out and the water stays a comfortable temperature due to its southern location. While it is a little murky and the waves are small, you can hop on a boogie board or inner tube and float around. You may even be able to catch some waves that are big enough to surf. It's definitely recommended to bring plenty of water and some food, as the beach gets pretty warm especially in the summer time. For those who are looking for the best beach to go to, many tourists and locals recommend Stewart Beach
For those who love the beauty of exotic nature, Moody Gardens should be the first stop on your travel list of activities. This nature and discovery center, which is geared towards kids, is an awesome place for family friendly fun. From outside, you will see multiple large pyramids, each of them containing a different theme. You can enter the discovery pyramid, the aquarium pyramid, a rainforest pyramid. Overall, it's a great place for families to adventure around in.
Galveston's historic Strand has many different restaurants, activities and other things to excite locals and tourists alike. Back in the early days of Galveston, the Strand is where the locals came for a night out on the town. There are still some hotels, trendy restaurants, an amazing candy shop, and a large chess board where you can play life-size chess. They also have their Mardi-Gras celebration here, which has been called the second best Mardi-Gras outside of New Orleans! Don't forget to take in all of the historic buildings while your there, because you will see a lot of historical state landmark plaques!