Jakarta: The Indonesian Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry plans to inaugurate the Tourism Hub Information Counter at Senai International Airport in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
"This is done as an effort to achieve the target of 20 million international tourist visits throughout 2019," the ministry said in a written statement on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.
The ministry revealed The Tourism Hub Program has begun to show its benefits. The ministry recorded an increasing number of foreign tourists visiting Batam and Bintan through Singapore and Johor Bahru in Malaysia.
"The Tourism Hub program effectively promoting Singapore and Malaysia as a hub that can boost the number of tourist arrivals. We will involve all travel agents to come together to Johor Bahru to attract tourists from various markets such as China, India, Japan, and Korea. We will offer Batam, Bintan, and Tanjung Pinang for their next tourism visit," Deputy of Marketing Development II from the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy Nia Niscaya stated.
Foreign tourists visiting Batam via Singapore can purchase travel packages at special prices, especially from Monday to Thursday. This program benefits all parties, including the tourism industry in Batam, such as ferry operators, prospective visitors, and ferry terminal managers.
"To support this program, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy feels the need to open an information counter at the Senai International Airport with the 'extended holiday' signboard. This is expected to be useful in providing information for tourists who arrive at Senai Airport," Deputy Assistant of Regional II of Marketing Development III Sigit Witjaksono, explained.
The information counter, located in the Senai Airport Arrival Hall, also provides information about Batam. Existing packages and brochures are displayed in 5 different languages: Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, Tamil, and English.