In a bid to strengthen bilateral ties with India, Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya, along with a delegation from Jakarta, visited New Delhi from 6-9 May. The primary purpose of this visit was to invite more tourists from India to Indonesia. During the visit, the minister met the top tourism operators and members of the media.

The visit is also considered significant because Garuda Indonesia, the home carrier of Indonesia, launched a direct flight between Mumbai and Denpasar, Bali. The flight will operate twice a week.

“In the year 2017, 485.314 Indian tourists visited Indonesia. The numbers saw a 30 per cent increase from the previous year in 2016 when 376,802 tourists visited Indonesia. However, the Indian market has the potential for still more significant growth,” Arief Yahya told the media.

In honour of the minister, the Indonesian Ambassador Sidharto Suryodipuro organised a cocktail reception at the embassy, which was attended by  travel agents, tour operators, wedding planners and media persons.