Minister of Tourism (Menpar) Arief Yahya appreciates the 60-year Indonesian-New Zealand friendship concert which will be held at The Opera House, Friday, November 9, 2018.
The concert entitled “The Symphony of Friendship” will be enlivened by musicians from both countries, including Edo Kondologit, Gita Gutawa, and Andmesh Kamaleng. As well as, Maisey Rika and Tama Waipara from the Maori (native tribes in New Zealand).
According to the Menpar, New Zealand is one of the potential markets, and already has direct flight to Bali. Emirates and New Zealand Air airlines have flown directly from Auckland – Denpasar.
“When there is direct access to Bali, it will be easier to attract foreign tourists to Indonesia. Similar to the Australian market, New Zealand likes adventure, nautical, surfing and culture, all available well in Bali, “said Menpar Arief Yahya in an official statement quoted by Kabare.id, Thursday (11/08/2018).
Menpar admitted that he was never worried about attractions and amenities in Bali destinations. The Ministry of Tourism also has a New Zealand Genwi Chapter community, namely a group of young people, student students and diaspora who care about Indonesian tourism in New Zealand.
The Indonesian Ambassador for New Zealand, Tantowi Yahya participated in formalizing the netizens community who are currently diligently neutralizing Wonderful Indonesia there. “The Symphony of Friendship event can be an entry point for stronger promotional content,” said Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya.
For Indonesia, Pacific countries are not only close friends geographically, historically and ethnically. Moreover, with the availability of improved connectivity, Pacific countries are one of the potential markets for Indonesian tourism.
While the Acting Deputy of Marketing Development I of the Ministry of Tourism Ni Wayan Giri Adnyani said, tourist arrivals from New Zealand had always increased since 2011. In 2017 tourists from New Zealand visited 106,914 visits.
“As for 2018, based on temporary calculations from January to September, foreign tourist visits have reached 98,200 visits, or grew by 16.54 percent compared to visits in the same period in 2017,” said Giri.
“The Indonesian government has provided a 30-day Short Visit Visa (BVKS) policy for 169 countries, including Pacific countries,” Giri added.
Deputy Assistant of Regional Marketing I Development for Australia, Oceania, Adella Raung added, tourism does not only play a role as a support for the Indonesian economy. But at the same time as a media of cultural introduction so as to foster tolerance and mutual respect.
“In addition to supporting the Symphony of Friendship concert, the Ministry of Tourism will also participate in the Santa Parade Festival cultural parade on November 25, 2018,” he said.
“All of these activities are not only aimed at increasing awareness and the number of visits to Indonesia, but more than that, introducing the closeness of Indonesian culture with Pacific countries,” Adella continued.
Adella continued, there were similarities in vocabulary, tone, and the existence of 80 percent of Melanesian and Polynesian races living in eastern Indonesia. Through the Symphony of Friendship activities, it is hoped that the positive messages will be conveyed well.
“So as to increase the interest of Pacific nationals to visit Indonesia and enjoy the cultural closeness directly,” he said. (rls / bas)