Jakarta-Tourism Minister Arief Yahya is ready to offer 63 tourism packages to attract about 18,000 delegates from 189 countries in the Annual Meetings of IMF-World Bank Group 2018 from 8 to 14 October 2018.
In a preparatory meeting led by the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan at the ministry office in Jakarta, Monday, 10 September 2018, the Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said that a number of cooperatives had been carried out.
“The Tourism Ministry has worked with ASITA and stakeholders to prepare 63 top tourism packages in seven destinations, which are Bali, Lombok, Yogyakarta, Banyuwangi, Toba lake, Tana Toraja, and Komodo-Flores and Sumba,” said the Tourism Minister Arief Yahya as written in a press release on Monday, 10 September 2018.
He said that the 63 packages would be sold online and offline. For online method, the tourism packages have been displayed at the landing page of the ministry website, www.indonesia.travel. In that page, the sale of the packages can only be accessed via Host Government Website www.2018bali.go.id and imfconnect.com whose users are members of IMF and World Bank Group.
The Tourism Minister said special counters prepared by the Tourism Ministry and the Association of Indonesian Tours and Travel Agencies or ASITA would offer the packages via offline. In addition, the offline-sold packages will be available in 21 official hotels from 8 to 14 October 2018. Some of the hotels are Hotel Sofitel, Grand Hyatt, Intercontinental, Mulia Hotel and others.
Apart from the tourism packages, the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs who is also the Chairman of the National Committee of the Annual Meetings 2018 Luhut Pandjaitan said preparatory events ahead of the international annual meeting had been running very well. “Indonesia has prepared very well leading to the Annual Meetings 2018,” the Coordinating Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said.
According to him, Bali as the host country of the event attracts the delegates’ attentions to come. The natural beauty and culture of the Islands of God that is already very popular in the world becomes the primary factor.
As such, the Bali local administration has been preparing many things; one of them is repairing infrastructures of I Gusti Ngurah Rai airport. The airport authority has been enlarging the apron of the airport that is expected to complete in September 2018. The Banyuwangi airport will also be extended as it will be put as the supporting airport of the I Gusti Ngurah Rai.
“The potential of (the Annual Meetings) must be optimized by opening proper air transportation access. Because Bali becomes the host of the IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings 2018,” the Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said.
The execution of the Annual Meetings will indeed be an important momentum in promoting Indonesia’s tourism thanks to the huge number of the delegates amounting 18,000 and very large income potential.
“Referring data from the National Development and Planning Agency or Bappenas, spending ability from the delegates in the IMF-WBG Annual Meetings is predicted to reach IDR943.5 billion, 95.2% of which is foreign visitors,” the Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said.