COLOMBO : More than 30 travel companies based in Sri Lanka attended the Indonesian Tourism Promotion event on Friday , Sept. 01 hosted by the Indonesian Embassy in Colombo at its premises.
This event was also attended by one of the Indonesian travel agents, namely Laras Tours Indonesia (LTI) that delivered a business presentation about the potential of several tourist destinations in Indonesia as well as some attractive packages offered.
The Indonesian Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Dewi Gustina Tobing, in her remarks, expressed her high appreciation to the invited participants who attended the event. “The number of companies taking part in this event reflects the high enthusiasm of tourism businesses, especially travel agents and tour operators in Sri Lanka, to promote the visits of Sri Lankans to Indonesia. I know you are also boosting inbound travel. Let’s make it two ways, to benefit both countries,” emphasized Dewi.
Furthermore, Ambassador Dewi also emphasized the full support of the Indonesian Embassy to the travel agent entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka regarding assistance in facilitating travel documents (visas) issuance for prospective tourists from Sri Lanka subject to fulfilling the requirements. The visa application could be processed through the Indonesian Embassy in Colombo.
Through promotion of tour packages offered by Laras Tours Indonesia (LTI), Ambassador Dewi expected the travel agents to have further collaboration in promoting many places tourist destination in Indonesia.
During the event, LTI CEO, dr. Satiti Andini, delivered a presentation promoting several potential tourist destinations in Indonesia, such as Labuan Bajo, Mandalika, Lake Toba, Yogyakarta and Central Java (Borobudur Temple), Bandung and Bali. There are relatively competitive prices for those destinations compared to several other favorite tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. For this reason, LTI and tourism business actors in Indonesia will continue to strive to establish contact and collaborate with fellow travel agents in Sri Lanka to promote tourist destinations in Indonesia at very attractive prices.
There are many more potential collaborations open for travel business sectors between the two countries. Therefore, this kind of travel business meeting is expected to be held more often in order to enhance not only people-to-people contact, but also to benefit the tourism sectors of the two countries.
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