THE MINISTRY of Tourism and Creative Economy, in cooperation with Air Macau and Atsiri, and supported by the Consulate General of Indonesia in Hong Kong, which also serves as Macau, is participating by opening the Wonderful Indonesia Pavilion at the Macau International Travel (Industry) Expo (MITE) 2024.

Macau International Travel (Industry) Expo (MITE) 2024 is a prestigious international exhibition in Macau organized by the Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO). The exhibition will be held from April 26 to 28, 2024 at The Venetian Macao.

Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno, in his statement in Jakarta, Sunday (04/28), 2024, said that the main objective of participating in this event is to strengthen marketing efforts and raise the profile of Indonesia’s super priority destinations for the Macau market as a bleisure, wellness destination. Experience, Deep and Meaningful, and Set-Jetting.

“Indonesia has so much to offer the Macau market. Apart from Bali, which recently won the ‘Best Islands in Asia: Readers Choice Awards 2023’ by Conde Nast Traveler, Indonesia is also developing 5 (five) new super-priority destinations, including Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Borobudur in Central Java, Mandalika in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) and Likupang in North Sulawesi. These destinations are ready to welcome tourists from all over the world, including Macau,” said Sandiaga.

He explained that apart from participating in MITE, the Tourism Ministry also presented at LIVE streaming sessions and seminars held by MITE organizers, providing updates on Indonesian tourism and marketing strategies to encourage an increase in the number of international tourists traveling to Indonesia, especially from Macau.

“Our goal is that after visiting Bali, Macau tourists will extend their stay by continuing their journey to another destination for a wonderful experience in Indonesia. They will have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the beautiful natural scenery combined with the various unique cultures of its people,” Sandiaga remarked.

Meanwhile, Deputy for Marketing at Tourism Ministry, Ni Made Ayu Marthini, said that it is very important to provide a seamless experience for service users through direct (non-stop) flights from Macau to Bali and also onward connections to various other destinations in eastern Indonesia to attract tourists from Macau.

“For example, Lombok and Labuan Bajo are starting direct flights to accelerate the recovery of Indonesian tourism and attract more Macau tourists to the region, which will be a positive prospect for the recovery of the aviation sector, especially through increased passenger traffic from Macau after the reopening of borders for countries flying to Macau,” Ms. Made noted.

As a result, Ms. Made is encouraging airline partners to reopen routes and increase passenger capacity to at least pre-pandemic levels.

“Especially with Garuda as Indonesia’s national carrier, we hope to open a Macau-Jakarta or Bali route to support our goal for the Macau market. “More direct flights will make it easier for more Macau tourists to visit Indonesia,” Made said.

Likewise, Regional 1 Tourism Marketing Director, Wisnu Sindhutrisno added that Indonesia’s participation in MITE 2024 is also expected to bring more Macau tourists to Indonesia to achieve the target of 17 million foreign tourist visits in 2024.

“This is one of the concrete steps taken by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy to show its commitment in facilitating highly curated Indonesian sellers to establish business partnerships and conduct on-site negotiations with potential buyers in Macau,” Wishnu concluded. []