Thai Airways unveils plans to bolster tourism arrivals to Indonesia

Thai Airways International has revealed plans to boost the tourism arrivals in Indonesia, namely Jakarta and Bali. This means increasing the number of flights from Bangkok to Jakarta and Bali, Abdul Azis Maliki, Thai Airways district sales manager in Jakarta said to The Jakarta Post

That being said, Maliki raised concerns over the facilities and slot times in Jakarta and Denpasar, and that the Indonesian government will also need to provide tourist boards with more information about the country. The country also needs to bolster its tourism facilities, accommodation, transportation and safety, Maliki said.

Currently, Maliki has initiated the Indonesian government to cooperate with governments around the world. Tourism Minister Arief Yahya has been seeking cooperation with tourism stakeholders in Bangkok, the report added.

Currently, Thai Airways has tourism boards in other regions such as Korea, Japan, Dubai, India, Australia and Europe. Its main base in Bangkok currently has several connecting flights from various countries to Jakarta and Bali.

Marketing has reached out to Thai Airways for comment.

Earlier this month, the Indonesia tourism ministry has revealed plans to bolster its airports with low-cost carrier (LCC) terminals to boost foreign tourist arrivals to the country. The move comes as LCC services saw a 55% growth rate yearly, compared to full-service carriers which grew at 7%, tourism minister Arief Yahya explained, according to The Jakarta Post. For example, one terminal could be switched to a LCC terminal for Indonesian airports.

The move is also a bid to meet the target of 20% growth for tourist arrivals yearly, which includes a target of 20 million foreign tourists in 2020. Arief added depending on full service carriers alone would not be sufficient in meeting the target.

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