What Southeast Asia needs to get right Sustainable tourism: is it even possible? With hundreds of thousands of Chinese, Indian, Russian and other Southeast Asian visitors arriving every day at our beach resorts, historic towns and cities, managing these huge numbers seems like an impossible task. In 2017, Southeast Asia saw 134 million tourist arrivals, up from 113 million in 2016, already higher than ASEAN’s 2020 projection of 123 million. Visitors from China constitute some 28 million of the total, the number one source of tourists to the region. However, ASEAN tourism practitioners keep complaining about poor yields. Chinese tourists come in droves, but the perception is that economic benefits to local communities are limited. Indeed, the costs sometimes outweigh the positives. For instance, the region’s once pristine islands and beaches may well be close to an environmental apocalypse if the authorities don’t intervene to halt the degradation. It … [Read more...] about News Boracay island reopens: Is sustainable tourism now the benchmark?
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The Tourism Ministry is conducting a sales mission to promote 10 Indonesian destinations in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Participating in the 2018 International Travel Expo Ho Chi Minh City that runs from Sept. 6-8 at Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center, the ministry is bringing 10 sellers from Bali, Yogyakarta, Riau Islands and Papua. Among the destinations highlighted by the sales mission are Bandung, Bali, Jakarta, Riau Islands, Yogyakarta-Surakarta-Semarang, Wakatobi-Bunaken-Raja Ampat, Medan, Makassar, Lombok and Banyuwangi. Indonesia seeks to attract more tourists from Vietnam this year; it welcomed 64,000 Vietnamese last year and is expecting to lure up to 74,000 in 2018. Masruroh, the ministry’s official in charge of marketing development for Region I, said in a statement that Indonesia considered Vietnam a promising market with ongoing growth in tourism. This was due to the country's increased economy that was boosting the number of middle-to-high income … [Read more...] about 10 Indonesian destinations promoted in Vietnam
Komodo Island is a small island in East Nusa Tenggara province. It is found within the Lesser Sunda Islands and is famous for being home to the endemic Komodo dragon as well as to a number of incredible wildlife species, both on land and in the water. This fascinating island falls within the Pacific Ring of Fire and is therefore of volcanic origins. Gazing at the giant brown and green volcanic mountains, emerging from where the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean meet, is an awesome and awe-inspiring experience of a lifetime. How to get there Traveling around Komodo Island can be relatively easy, but to get to Komodo, you first need to travel to Bali and then to Labuan Bajo by either plane or boat, and finally to Komodo Island by boat. By air A couple of local airlines fly from Bali to Labuan Bajo on Flores Island. Labuan Bajo is the best and closest base point foreembarking to Komodo Island. Both Indonesian Air Transport (IAT) and Trans Nusa Airlines (TGN) … [Read more...] about Essential travel guide to Komodo Island
The Tourism Ministry is promoting potential destinations for marine tourism in Indonesia to yachter communities in Opua, New Zealand from April 20 to 21. Expected to be attended by 80 members of the Opua Cruising Club, 75 members of the Oyster Yacht Community and 40 members of other yacht clubs, the event aims to lure more tourists to visit the country as the ministry targets 141,896 New Zealander tourists this year. The ministry’s development and marketing first undersecretary, I Gde Pitana, said six international sails would be presented during the event, such as the Wonderful Sail to Indonesia, Sail Indonesia – Darwin, Back to Down under Rally, Sail Anambas to Natuna, West Kalimantan Rally and Sail Moyo Tambora. “The potential destinations of our marine tourism beyond Bali, including Wakatobi, Labuan Bajo, Komodo Island, Borobudur temple and Raja Ampat will [also] be introduced to the yachters,” said I Gde Pitana in a press release. Read also: Five things to … [Read more...] about Tourism Ministry to lure New Zealand yachters