32 Indonesian tourism businesses to participate in Arabian tourism expo

At least 32 Indonesian tourism businesses will participate in the upcoming Arabian Travel Market expo, anticipating a declining number of Middle Eastern tourists amid political crises in the region.

The expo is set to take place in Dubai on May 2-5.

“We will map tourist potentials from the Middle East, especially because of the political crises it is undergoing,” Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) executive director Carla Parengkuan said as quoted by kontan.co.id on Friday.

Head of the comptroller unit at the Jakarta branch of the PHRI, Diyak Mulahela, added that the Indonesian participants were targeting a total value of Rp 500 billion (US$58 million) in transactions inked during the event.

Among the 32 companies participating in the Dubai expo are Hard Rock Hotel in Bali, Aston Hotel in Bandung, Ciputra Hotel in Jakarta, Wita Tour and Travel and Lisa Tour and Travel.

Data from the Central Statistics Agency shows that Middle Eastern tourists contributed 1.5 percent of the total number of foreign tourists visiting Indonesia in 2010, which stood at about 7 million.

Despite the tiny share, the growth in the number of tourists from the Middle East has been high in recent years.More

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