Indonesia sees 62pc surge in Bahraini tourists
Manama, August 7, 2014
Indonesia has witnessed a surge in tourists from Bahrain this year as visitors take advantage of the low prices and secure environment.
This is the view of Indonesian Embassy social and cultural affairs first secretary Fery Iswandy, who pointed to recent visitor statistics released earlier this week that reveal the growth in tourists from Bahrain surpassed that of any other nation in the first half of this year, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.
According to the figures from Indonesia’s central statistics agency Badan Pusat Statistik, tourists from Bahrain increased by 62 per cent year-on-year, followed by Egypt at 44 per cent, the UAE at 36 per cent and Saudi Arabia at 31per cent.
“Last year was very big for Bahrain tourism to Indonesia and this year it has become even better,” said Iswandy.
“The first reason for this is the changing situation in other competing countries, which have had some security problems while we don’t. Secondly, it’s the economy - people used to go to Europe for vacations but because of price increases they are finding other destination like Indonesia.
“And the third reason are our promotions since 2012.”
The embassy in Juffair has been organising ‘familiarisation trips’ for both travel agents and travel journalists over the past two years, which has had a positive effect on tourism, he said. - TradeArabia News Service