The Jakarta Post, Jakarta
To help reach the target, the government is setting aside $15 million for a domestic and international advertising blitz.
“The budget will be used to finance the promotion campaign, especially abroad,” Culture and Tourism Minister Jero Wacik told a media conference before the grand launch of the program, which will be the second for the country.
The government held its first Visit Indonesia program in 1991, which was not particularly successful, increasing the number of foreign tourists by merely 400,000 from the year earlier, according to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS).
BPS data show that in 1991, around 2.5 million foreign tourists visited the country, from 2.1 million in the previous year.
This year, foreign tourist arrivals are expected to hit 5.5 million, well short of the 6 million targeted.
Jero said the ministry had so far bought advertising time on several international television channels.
However, the larger portion of the money will be used to finance international forums, where it can effectively introduce and promote the program.
Thamrin B.Bachri, the ministry’s director general, added that such forums would be held mainly in countries which traditionally provided the most tourists for Indonesia, such as Australia, Singapore, Malaysia Korea and China.
“These international promotion programs will take the biggest portion of the budget allocation.”
Wednesday’s grand launch was highlighted by performances from Indonesian singers such as Ruth Sahanaya, Rossa and pop band Ungu.
Last week, the ministry had to revise its tourism slogan when it was pointed out it was grammatically incorrect. “Celebrating 100 years of nation’s awakening” was changed to “100 years of national awakening”.
Garuda Indonesia was forced to repaint 10 planes servicing international routes that had already been daubed with the slogan.
Next year the ministry is set to organize more than 100 international events and cultural festivals across the country. (ndr)
Lebih dari itu, seorang May Huang, seorang gadis dari Hongkong, dalam situsnya (http://my-indonesia.info) yang bernilanya 17,5 Milyar rupiah itu (menurut mas Herman Saksono) menjadi testimoner untuk program Tahun Kunjungan Wisata Indonesia 2008.
Saya tidak tahu, ini atas kehendak sendiri atau mendapat mandat dari Negara (Indonesia atau Hongkong). Yang jelas, dengan keberadaan situs ini, yang namanya Negara Indonesia bakal lebih dikenal – paling tidak dari sisi baiknya.
Please, going to my country, please, people of the world….