Jakarta: The Indonesian Pavilion received the Best Travel Destination Award at the Gauteng Getaway tourism exhibition organized in Johannesburg, South Africa, on October 4-6, 2019.
"We are confident to say that Indonesia has become a popular tourist destination for South African travelers. Here, we will easily find advertising and tour package promotions to Bali," Indonesian Ambassador to South Africa Salman Al Farisi stated.
According to Ambassador Al Farisi, the exhibition offered the people of South Africa a glimpse into hundreds of other choices of tourist destinations in Indonesia that are no less interesting than Bali.
"I believe that the potential to bring more tourists from South Africa is wide open," the Indonesian diplomat emphasized.
TheIndonesian Pavilion was strategically located in the middle of Ticket Pro Dome, Johannesburg, during the three-day exhibition.
The Indonesian Embassy in Pretoria, Indonesian Trade and Promotion Center (ITPC) in Johannesburg, and the Tourism Ministry adorned the Indonesian Pavilion with a Hindu temple gate and images of tourist destinations in Indonesia, such as Labuan Bajo, Borobudur temple, Mount Bromo, and Lake Toba.
The Indonesian Embassy in Pretoria invited dancers, who performed several traditional dance forms, such as the Balinese Legong Dance, East Kalimantan Hornbill Dance and the West Java Peacock Dance.
The Tourism Ministry has been conducting varied promotional strategies to boost foreign tourist visits to Indonesia, one of them being to send various sales missions to potential markets and participating in international tourism exhibitions, such as the Gauteng Gateway.
South Africa is viewed as a strategic and potential market, given the positive trend of increasing number of travelers from this country to Indonesia on an annual basis.
Gauteng Getaway is one of the largest tourism exhibitions in South Africa that presents hundreds of tour and travel vendors, including providers of outdoor activities. (Antara)