Indonesia expects a big boost in arrivals from India, because of a variety of factors, like visa-free entry, close historical links, and active government policies.
But the lack of a direct flight remains a constraint, which Ambassador Rizali W. Indrakesuma said on January 27 in Delhi will be rectified soon.
A vibrant sales mission was in India to help raise the arrival figures from 262,000 in 2015 to 350,000 in 2016. Rizali told this correspondent that he was confident that the long-awaited direct service will become a reality soon.
Taufik Nurhidayat, Deputy Director of Wonderful Indonesia, spoke of close cultural ties between the two countries and of steps to market in India, including fam tours and culinary festival.
Sanjay Sondhi, the head of VITO in India, said they were geared to promote travel from India to Indonesia.
Puneet Malhotra of the Queen's Group, known for Indian cuisine, promoted, along with his wife, the popular Nawabi cuisine, while sitting in style on the floor. Nisha Shrivastava of Asia World Indonesia, met agents with package offerings from different products.
Girish Sadhnani, Director of Girnar Tour, highlighted the tours for the elderly, complete with wheelchairs and helpers.
Vivek Kumar of Sunlake Hotels, told the Indian agents of the four hotels of the group, with an 870-room inventory.
Chandra Shekhar, Sales Manager of U&I holidays, spoke of meeting guests at the airport facility and of different packages.