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During the event, they met 31 buyers from Singapore who wanted to bring Singaporean adventure tourists to Indonesia., Jakarta – Indonesia logged total transactions amounting to Rp13.8 billion during the Sales Mission Adventure held in Violet Oon, Clarke Quay, Singapore, on May 8.

Assistant Deputy for Market Development Region I of the Tourism Ministry Dessy Ruhati said here on Thursday (9/5/2019) that Indonesia’s participation in the event is important to promote the country’s adventure tourism potential.

“Indonesia has more than 100 remarkable destinations for adventure tourism, which can turn Indonesia into a world class adventure tourism destination,” Ruhati said.

At the event, the ministry facilitated 11 industries in accommodation, travel agents/tour operators, as well as operators of special tours from North Sumatra, South Sumatra, West Java, Jakarta, Banten, Yogyakarta and Bali.

During the event, they met 31 buyers from Singapore who wanted to bring Singaporean adventure tourists to Indonesia.

“Each year, some 100 thousand adventure tourists from all over the world visit Indonesia. According to the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), the tourists spend 67 percent of their money in destination areas. This has shown that adventure tourism has played a significant role in improving the economy of the local people,” she elaborated.

Ruhati saw the event as an effective opportunity to match Indonesian sellers and buyers in Singapore.

“The event was designed with table top or B-to-B with a mingle concept, as this concept would be far more effective to reach the target of tourist visits,” she added.

Singapore was chosen as a location for the sales mission considering that it has become the main market for foreign tourists to Indonesia, especially from ASEAN countries.

The number of foreign tourists from Singapore visiting Indonesia in 2018 (January-December) reached 1.7 million, or an increase of 16 percent compared to 1.5 million tourists in 2017.

Indonesia, she said, could benefit from its proximity to Singapore. As the two countries have two cross borders in Batam and Bintan, Singapore could become the best international hub to be explored.

“In 2019, the Tourism Ministry has targeted to attract 2.12 million foreign tourists from Singapore out of the total target of 20 million foreign tourists. Therefore, we should be more active in exploring the Singapore market,” she said. (han)

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Trade Minister, Enggartiasto Lukita., Jakarta – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has instructed that the Indonesia Pavilion at the Expo 2020 Dubai must be futuristic and promote the country’s culture, Trade Minister, Enggartiasto Lukita, said.

“There are several guidelines from the President and the Vice President, (that the pavilion must) mirror Indonesia today and in the future. Hence, it should be more futuristic, while introducing our culture and cultural wealth,” the minister told the press at the Presidential Office, here, on Tuesday (13/8/2019), following a limited cabinet meeting chaired by President Jokowi.

The meeting discussed preparations for the Expo 2020 Dubai by highlighting the position of the Indonesian Pavilion in enhancing partnerships.

Jokowi said that Indonesia’s promotion activities should target potential foreign partners, Lukita added.

The opportunity must be seized optimally, especially for trade, tourism, and investment in the Middle-East market.

The government will involve private companies such as automotive industry, Astra.

The pavilion will also feature the development of crude palm oil industry in Indonesia and forest preservation.

During the meeting, Jokowi highlighted the need for meticulous preparations for Indonesia’s participation in an attempt to seize the opportunity.

“The preparations must be detailed. The design of the pavilion must reflect the face of Indonesia as a big country,” the president noted.

The president expounded that the location of the Indonesian pavilion must also be precise and strategic. This is essential for building trust and value from potential partners.

“The Dubai Expo is the third-largest event after the World Cup and the Olympics. Hence, it is an expo of technological discovery and industrial innovation, with approximately 190 countries in attendance,” Jokowi remarked.

Director General of National Export Development of the Trade Ministry, Arlinda, had earlier noted that the Indonesian pavilion will feature the sub-theme, “opportunity”, and the main theme, “Connecting Mind Creating the Future”.

A total of 25 million people are projected to attend the World Expo 2020 Dubai in the United Arab Emirates from October 20, 2020, to April 10, 2021.

The Indonesian Pavilion will be built after groundbreaking on September 9, 2019.

Several officials attending the meeting comprising Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Darmin Nasution; Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs, Wiranto; Minister of Finance, Sri Mulyani Indrawati; Minister of Trade, Enggartiasto Lukita; Minister of Industry, Airlangga Hartarto; Minister of Home Affairs, Tjahjo Kumolo; Minister of Education and Culture, Muhadjir Effendy; Minister of Communication and Information, Rudiantara; Chairman of the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), Thomas Trikasih Lembong; Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf) head, Triawan Munaf; Presidential Chief of Staff, Moeldoko; and Head of Presidential Secretariat, Heru Budi Hartono. (bay)

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This agreement reflects the depth and breadth of EU-ASEAN relations which has lasted more than four decades, Cibor argued., Jakarta – The Deputy Secretary General of ASEAN for Socio-Cultural Community, Kung Phoak, together with the Charge d’Affaires ad interim of the Mission of the European Union (EU) to ASEAN, Lucas Cibor, launched the EU-ASEAN Blue Book 2019. The launch of the book, the EU’s annual publication on cooperation with ASEAN, was held in conjunction with the Second ASEAN-EU Cooperation and Scholarships Day at ASEAN Secretariat building in Jakarta Thursday (8/8/2019).

The event was dedicated to communicating the impact of EU-ASEAN development cooperation, and the benefits of intra-ASEAN and EU-ASEAN student mobility.

“In January 2019, the 22nd EU-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting agreed in principle to upgrade EU-ASEAN relations to a strategic partnership, subject to details and timing to be worked out,” Cibor said.

This agreement reflects the depth and breadth of EU-ASEAN relations which has lasted more than four decades, Cibor argued.

“The hallmark of this partnership is ever-closer cooperation on joint interests and common challenges, such as achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, tackling climate change or advancing our trade and connectivity. I am confident that our relations will continue to grow in the years to come,” he stated.

The launching of the book and convening of the scholarships day was aimed at reaffirming the strong partnership between ASEAN and the EU, Kung Phoak stated.

“Both of these events encapsulate the strength of our partnership as well as the depth of our shared success. Undoubtedly, this success is a strong manifestation of what can be accomplished when the two most advanced examples of regional integration in the world work together on development and in particular, in higher education,” Kung Phoak remarked.

The EU has dedicated over €200 million to support the ASEAN regional integration for the 2014-2020 period. Bilateral development cooperation with individual ASEAN member states includes more than €2 billion altogether, more than half of which is used to support Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Vietnam. (yas)

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Pilgrims also do not need to claim their baggage as they have been taken care of by staff members who transport them directly to the hotels., Jeddah – Some 171,648 pilgrims have enjoyed the Makkah Route facility provided by the government of the Kingdom, the Saudi’s Director General of Passports, Major General Sulaiman Al Yahya, has stated.

“The Makkah Route was first launched by Saudi Arabia in the 2017 Hajj season with the aim of facilitating the journey of international pilgrims,” ​​Al Yahya explained at a press conference here, Wednesday (7/8/2019).

This facility was initially provided for Malaysian pilgrims, then expanded to those in other countries. This year the Makkah Route has been implemented at the airports of Jakarta (Indonesia), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Islamabad (Pakistan) and Tunis (Tunisia).

The fast-track program covers visa services, customs and passports checking, health inspection, and baggage claim in accordance with the transportation and lodging arrangements made by the pilgrims in Saudi Arabia.

With the Makkah Route, all those procedures are settled in the country before pilgrims leave for Saudi. Upon their arrival in the Holy Land, they can go directly to hotels in Mecca and Madinah without having to go through the inspection at the airport which could take hours.

Pilgrims also do not need to claim their baggage as they have been taken care of by staff members who transport them directly to the hotels.

Improving services to the hajj pilgrims, which is aimed at facilitating their stay in Mecca and Madinah for performing hajj, is part of the 2030 Vision of the kingdom under the direct supervision of the Minister of the Interior who chairs the Highest Hajj Committee.

As of August 7, the Saudi government has welcomed more than 1.7 million pilgrims who will begin the hajj rituals this weekend, starting Friday, August 9 to Wednesday, August 14.

Some 1,725,455 pilgrims from abroad arrived in Saudi by air, 95,634 pilgrims came by land, and 17,250 people arrived through Saudi seaports, according to official calculation.

Of the number of international pilgrims this year, 969,726 or more than 53 percent are men and 868,613, or more than 47 percent are women, Al Yahya noted. (bmp)

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