London: The Tourism and Creative Economic Ministry is inviting French travel bureaus' agents to visit Sumba and Komodo Island in East Nusa Tenggara province on November 28-December 5.
Organized in cooperation with EVA AIR, the familiarization trip will introduce Indonesia's major tourist destinations catering to the interests of French tourists,
"After we had organized exhibitions and joint promotion activities to meet and talk with wholesalers, they are invited to personally witness the beauty of Indonesian destinations. It is expected that following the trip, the wholesalers would offer packages to potential French tourists," Nia Niscaya, deputy II in charge of market development of the Tourism and Creative Economic Ministry, told Antara correspondent in London on Tuesday, November 26, 2019.
In the meantime, Visit Indonesia Tourism Office (VITO) country manager for France Eka Moncarre stated that most French tourists were until now only aware of Bali.
Hence, promoting other tourist destinations beyond Bali would be critical to attracting the French people.
"Sumba is a new destination that French tourists will like due to its beautiful beaches and also unique culture. Komodo Island is another new destination frequently promoted this year to the French people. Moreover, it is included among the top five priority destinations," Moncaree remarked.
They will be in Sumba from November 28 to December 3, 2019, to explore nature. They will later proceed to Labuan Bajo and stay there on December 3-5, 2019, among other things, to visit Komodo Island.
France is expected to emerge as a potential market for Indonesian tourism. Indonesia is upbeat about witnessing an increase in the number of foreign tourists from Europe. (Antara)