DATA FROM Japanese airline All Nippon Airways (ANA) shows that the total number of air passengers from Indonesia to the Sakura country reached around 130,000, up 327% over the past year, compared to before the pandemic.

“The number of Indonesian tourists visiting Japan has always increased significantly, along with the current frequency which is almost the same as in 2019,” ANA Chief Representative Akira Nishigori said at a press conference in Jakarta on Wednesday (03/08).

Akira said, ANA’s schedule from Indonesia to Japan reaches a total of 90 flights every week. It is predicted that flights to Japan will continue to increase positively this year along with the additional frequency carried out by airlines, as well as the status of the COVID-19 pandemic which is increasingly sloping.

“Tokyo and Osaka are favorite destinations for Indonesian tourists, mostly for holidays, education, and so on. Seeing this increasing trend, ANA is working with PT Bank HSBC Indonesia (HSBC) to increase the benefits that can be given to Indonesians who want to visit Japan,” Akira remarked.

HSBC recently updated its HSBC Premier service to enhance the quality of its affluent Indonesian customers. The renewal provides exclusive offers on lifestyle and travel on an ongoing basis.

He revealed that HSBC Premier customers will get convenience in buying airplane tickets, one of which is if they want to change flight schedules. Customers can also get special discounts on Japanese routes, as well as additional cash back of up to IDR4 million.

“As a partner airline, ANA provides business class seats at special prices. This cooperation strengthens our commitment as the number one airline in Japan and number four in the world to bring memorable overseas trips for HSBC Premier customers,” Akira noted.

Meanwhile, HSBC Indonesia’s Director of Wealth and Personal Banking, Lanny Hendra, added that the HSBC Premier credit card also includes travel insurance of up to IDR80 million.

In addition, customers can also enjoy the benefits of protection of up to IDR10.5 billion for comprehensive travel protection, spending protection of up to IDR300 million, access to emergency funds of up to US$10,000 per every two working days, and much more.

“This insurance can be useful if there are delays, lost or damaged luggage. We have travel insurance attached to the card,” said HSBC Indonesia Wealth and Personal Banking Director, Lanny Hendra.

Not only Japan, all the benefits provided can also be used for travel from Indonesia to other countries such as the United States and Canada. [sources/photo special]