India and Indonesia have shared an extended history of trade and cultural exchange. However, the relationship has not essentially translated into an intimate exchange of trade and tourism since the creation of the modern democracies of India and Indonesia. With this reality in mind, the two highly populated and diverse countries have united to explore the relationship’s massive potential for business between the two nations. To this end, Indonesia had participated in a global cultural event the Indian national capital, New Delhi, from March 11th to 13th as a part of efforts to draw in a lot of tourists to their country.
The Indonesian Government hopes that through this performance, Indonesia can expose its culture to the India and attract a lot of foreign tourists to its lands. Home to the world’s second largest population, India ranks seventh on the list of major markets for Indonesian businesses. In 2015, the total number of Indian tourists, as specified by immigration authorities, travelling to the archipelago rose to 271,252; which is a 15 percent increase from the previous year. This year, the Ministry of Trade, Republic of Indonesia, expects a minimum of 350,000 Indian tourists to go to its widespread and diverse destinations like Jakarta, Bali, Bandung, Lambok and Bintan Islands.
Vinsensius Jemadu, the Director for Asia Pacific Tourism Promotion for Indonesia states that Indonesia targets 350,000 Indian tourist immigrant arrivals this year. He says, “We hope India will contribute significantly to tourist arrivals we have set at 12 million in 2016”.
India is among ninety countries that are eligible for Indonesia’s visa free facility. Indian arrivals to Indonesia are anticipated to increase as a result of the recent introduction of free 30-day short term visa policy for Indian tourists. The policy is presently accessible solely at 9 entry ports in Indonesia. It has been declared that direct air travel between the two countries is expected to start in December this year, whereby direct flights on Delhi-Jakarta and Mumbai-Bali routes are going to be operated on a regular basis.
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Original Source:Financial Express