Indonesia promotes Wonderful Indonesia at Portugal tourism fair
London, UK (ANTARA News) - Indonesia promoted the Wonderful Indonesia brand at the biggest tourism exhibition in Portugal, called Bolsa Turismo de Lisboa (BTL), at the Feira Internacional de Lisboa (FIL) Lisbon.
The event was organized by the Association of Industries of Portugal (AIP) and was opened by the Prime Minister of Portugal, Antonio Costa.
Indonesian pavilion featured art performances and a seminar titled Dream, Explore and Discover Wonderful Indonesia. The seminar was organized by the Visit Indonesia Tourism Officer (VITO) Paris, a statement from the Indonesian Embassy in Lisbon received by ANTARA said here on Wednesday.
This exhibition is being held regularly for the last 28. During the March 2 to 6 event, the Indonesian booth entertained about 2,000 visitors.
Data from the Portugal Ministry of Immigration showed an increase in the number of Portuguese tourists to Indonesia, from 18,312 tourists in 2014 to at least 21,000 in 2015.
Indonesias target is to attract through the BTL event 25,000 Portuguese tourists during 2016.
At the BTL, Indonesia introduced 10 new destinations, namely Lake Toba (North Sumatra), Tanjung Kelayang Beach (Belitung), Seribu Islands (Jakarta), Tanjung Lesung Beach (Banten), Borobudur Temple (Central Java), Bromo-Tengger-Semeru (a volcano complex area in East Java), Mandalika (West Nusa Tenggara), Wakatobi (East Nusa Tenggara), Morotai Island (North Maluku), Labuan Bajo (East Nusa Tenggara).
The Indonesian Ambassador to Portugal, Wirana Mulya, said the bilateral relations between the two countries are becoming ever stronger.
The Indonesian government extends a visa-free visit policy for 30 days to the citizens of Portugal to visit Indonesia.
The ambassador called upon stakeholders in the field of tourism to encourage Schengen visa exemption for Indonesian tourists to European countries.(*)