Friday, October 1, 2010

Garuda to stage travel fair 2010 in Jakarta

PT Garuda Indonesia plans to give the country`s tourism a boost by holding a Garuda Travel Fair 2010 showcasing inexpensive but attractive travel packages from Oct 8 to 10 at the Jakarta Convention Center, a company executive said.

"Garuda Travel Fair (GATF) 2010 will mark the second time we are holding a tourism promotion event. The first time was in 2009," Garuda`s commercial director Agus Priyanto said here Friday.

GATF, the largest tourism promotion event Garuda Indonesia was staging regularly, would be participated in by wholesale and retail travel agencies, hotels,resorts and other tourism industry institutions that can offer all sorts of holiday packages for domestic and foreign tourists.

He said GATF 2010 was one of the ways in which Garuda Indonesia was supporting Indonesian tourism and designed to increase people`s interest in travel, and thus helping the national tourism industry to develop.

"For GATF this year, we have also asked Bank Mandiri to cooperate with Garuda Indonesia in providing tourists or travelers with easier or more convenient facilities to make banking transactions," he said.

Handayani, Bank Mandiri senior vice president for card business affairs, welcomed the cooporation with Garuda Indonesia.

She said the cooperation was expected to enable Mandiri Bank credit card holders to realize their dream of travelling around the world.

"Mandiri Visa and Master Card holders who visit this fair will get interesting offers such as `No Surchrage` and `0 Percent Instalment Program" facilities, she said.

Meanwhile, Agus said GATF 2010 was expected to generate Rp20 trillion worth of sales and to attract 35.000 visitors. Last year`s GATF drew 21,000 visitors who made transactions worth a total of Rp14 trillion

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