The Indonesian government will hold an International Tourist and Travel Fair (ITTF) slated for Octorber 2 this year--a strategic source of momentum for the country to achieve its goal of 6.5 million tourists this year.

The target is a bit higher than last year's figure of 6.43 million.

The ITTF will be an annual programme aimed at promoting Indonesian tourism to the international community, especially improving the country's image after two bombs damaged two luxury hotels in the country's capital Jakarta on July 17, Tourism and Cultural Minister Jero Wacik said.

Jero also added that besides the ITTF, his ministry will invite foreign journalists to report what really happened in Indonesia after the bombings so as to convince the international community that Indonesia is still a safe, comfortable place, unaffected by the attacks.

In line with the ministry's plan, Indonesia's flagship airline, Garuda Indonesia, will re-launch service to European countries, now that the ban on Indonesian planes flying in European airspace has been lifted.

"We will resume our flights to Europe initially with service to and from Amsterdam in October” Agus Priyanto, business director of the airline, said, adding that it will surely increase the number of European tourists visiting Indonesia.

In the first six months of this year, the number of foreign tourists to Indonesia reached 2.97 million, a year-on-year rise of 2.17 percent./.