Indonesian Ecotourism Promotion at the Tourest Travel Trade Fair 2019, Tallinn – Estonia

Piring Dance from West Sumatra, Indonesia, on Tourest 2019 main stage

The Indonesian Ministry of Tourism supported by the Indonesian Embassy in Helsinki participated in promoting tourism destinations in Indonesia, Bali and also Beyond Bali in the Tourest Travel Trade Fair 2019 held on 8-10 February 2019 in Tallinn, Estonia. In Tourest 2019, the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism also cooperates with 4 (four) tour operators to participate by offering various kinds of Indonesian tour packages and destinations.

Estonia’s Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology, Rene Tammist.

Tourest 2019 was officially opened by Estonia’s Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology, Rene Tammist who was accompanied by the Director of the Tourism Board of Estonia, Margus Sameli and also Vice President of Estonia Tourist and Travel Association, Kulli Kuring. Tourest 2019 was participated by 30 countries with a total of 533 participating exhibitors.

In addition to promoting tourism destinations, Indonesia’s participation in Tourest 2019 is also to promote a variety of Indonesian cultures and premium single origin Indonesian Arabica coffee such as Mandailing, Toraja, Bali and East Java. Indonesia’s presence in Tourest 2019 was strengthened by the performance of Indonesian culture of Sekar Jagad dance, Piring dance and Sasando musical instruments on the main stage which managed to amaze the visitors. While the cultural performance at the Wonderful Indonesia booth is always greeted with extraordinary enthusiasm from the visitors.

At Tourest 2019, a well-known Estonian blogger and traveler, Almer Ansu, sponsored by Turkish Air, officially announced the opening of a direct flight of Turkish Air flight from Istanbul to Bali, Indonesia in mid-July 2019. The announcement was made in the Tourest 2019 Traveler’s Club program. In the program, Almer Ansu promoted Bali as a tourist destination that not only offers coastal tourism destinations and beautiful cultural charm but also a healthy lifestyle through yoga holiday programs that are widely available in Bali.

Indonesian Ambassador, Wiwiek Setyawati Firman, interviewed by Tallinn TV Estonia

Fascinated by the Indonesian booth and various Indonesian dances and Sasando music, Talinn TV, one of Estonia’s national TV stations and Kuku radio, asked for an interview with the Indonesian Ambassador to Finland and Estonia, Wiwiek Setyawati Firman. In the interview, the Ambassador emphasized the progress of the tourism sector for the Indonesian Government not only to advance the economy. Many other sectors are lifted under the tourism program, which participates in building mutual understanding between cultural diversity in the world, introducing the protection of endangered species in Indonesia, the preservation of rainforests, and the wealth of natural tourism in Indonesia (ecotourism).

Business Forum on South Kalimantan Tourism Sector in Tallinn, Estonia

On 6th December 2018, Business Forum conducted by the Indonesian Embassy in Helsinki in collaboration with the Indonesian Honorary Consul, Mr. Heldur Alesse, managed to attract participants from Estonian tour operators, Estonia Travel Tourism Association and Talinna TV.

In this forum, the Head of Planning Agency of South Kalimantan Province explained and promoted various tourist destinations in South Kalimantan which consisted of various types of tourism consisting of natural tourism, cultural tourism and artificial tourism. Tourist destinations in South Kalimantan Province consist of ecotourism, geopark, Mount Meratus area, Bekantan monkey conservation area, floating market of Lok Baintan, and the gemstones market of Martapura.

In order to find out the opportunities for tourism promotion to Baltic countries, one of the presentations delivered at the Business Forum activities was the presentation of Mrs. Tiuu Vibrant, Estonia Travel Tourism Association regarding the largest tourism promotion activities in the Baltic region, the TOUREST Trade Travel Fair 2019.

From the results of the question and answer and discussion with all tour operators as well as the Estonia Travel Tourism Association, it is known that Estonian and other Baltic countries like nature or ecotourism and culture. This is in accordance with the tourist destinations in South Kalimantan coupled with the ease of accommodation where in South Kalimantan there are many international scale hotels including Ibis, Golden Tulip, Best Western, and the construction of international airports in 2020.

Related to visual promotion, at the meeting, Mr. Revo Raudjarv, producer and presenter of Talinna TV, which is the largest TV channel in Estonia, offers cooperation in making tourism promotion videos for the Province of South Kalimantan which will be broadcast on Tallinna TV just by financing travel tickets without the need to buy time on Talinna TV.

The Government is Taking Actions to Cleanse Bali’s Sea from Drifting Litters

On March 3rd, 2018, Rich Horner, a British diver, posted a video on his Facebook page showing him diving among plastic litters in Nusa Penida, a small island off the coast of Bali. However, Horner explained that when he dived in the same location the next day, he did not find any thrash as he did the day before. The Indonesia government acknowledged Horner’s video and is currently coordinating and planning to overcome the issue, even though the litter also came from other countries, as well as Indonesia.
Sea cleanliness has always been on the top priority on the government’s environmental program including in Bali. Coordination on this matter are continuously being conducted among all related parties from local authorities all the way to international level. Education and awareness campaign on sustainable waste disposal are also given to all level of society.

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Indonesia Participation in Tourest Travel Trade Fair 2018, Tallinn, Estonia

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Indonesia participated in the oldest and largest travel trade fair in the Baltic countries, Tourest Travel Trade Fair, 9 – 11 February 2018 in Tallinn, Estonia. The participation was a join cooperation between the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia and the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Helsinki.

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Vote for Indonesia at the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2018

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Blessed with an abundance of the world’s most magnificent natural wonders and home to a diverse culture and traditions; Indonesia definitely offers the ultimate tourist destination. For those who have set foot in this wonderful archipelago and experience all the wonders within, now is the time to let the world know that Indonesia is the ultimate leisure paradise, by participating in the Travel + Leisure 2018 World’s Best Awards Survey.
 
Travel + Leisure, the world’s leading travel magazine, is conducting an annual online readers’ survey from November 6th, 2017 to March 5th, 2018 to determine the winners of the World’s Best Awards 2018. T+L asks its readers about their experience on worldwide airlines, airports, car rental agencies, cities, cruise ships, destination spas, hotels, hotel brands, islands, and more. Among the awards are “The Top 10 International Airlines”, “The Top 10 Tour Operators”, “The World’s Top 10 Islands”, “The World’s Top 15 Cities”, and many others.

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