"Wonderful Indonesia" to join berlin Tourism Bourse

London (ANTARA News)- Indonesia will participate in Berlin Internationale Tourism Bourse (ITB Berlin) in Germany, March 9-13, 2016.

The Indonesian delegation to the ITB Berlin would be headed by Tourism Minister Arief Yahya, Nia Niscaya of the tourism ministry told Antara on Sunday.

Indonesias pavilion themed "Wonderful Indonesia" will feature a Phinisi traditional boat of South Sulawesi.

Some 100 travel operators will join the Indonesian delegation to promote the countrys tourist destinations and offer various tour packages to buyers from all over the world.

"The point is to market tourist destinations from Sabang (Aceh) to Merauke (Papua)," Nia Niscaya said.

The ITB Berlin is expected to attract 10 thousand participants from 185 countries as well as at least 23 thousand visitors.

In 2015, Indonesias delegation consisting of 88 travel agents, recorded business transactions worth Rp4.8 trillion in the ITB Berlin.

This year, Indonesia expects to generate an increase of some 20 percent from last years value, as 850 qualified top buyers have confirmed their participation in the ITB Berlin.

The Indonesian government hopes to generate foreign exchange amounting to Rp172 trillion from 12 million foreign tourist arrivals and Rp223.6 trillion from 260 million domestic tourists this year.

The country has also set a target of receiving 20 million foreign tourists by 2019. 

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