Indonesia targets serving more Japanese tourists this year hinh anh 1Bali beach in Indonesia - Illustrative image (Source: Internet)
Jakarta (VNA) – The Indonesian Government has set a goal of attracting around 620,000 Japanese tourists to the Southeast Asian nation in 2017.

Director for Asia-Pacific Tourism Promotion of the Tourism Ministry of Indonesia Vinsensius Jemadu said that the number of Japanese tourists to Indonesia recorded a decrease of 0.2 percent last year.

He attributed the decline to the lack of direct flights from Japan to Indonesia, especially when the Japan Airlines stopped operating flights to Bali.

Statistics showed that 80 percent of the Japanese tourists visited Bali. Therefore, Vinsensius Jemadu said he is scheduled to visit Tokyo, Japan, to convince Japanese airlines to operate flights to Bali again.

He also expected that more regular flights will be launched between Japan and Indonesia to facilitate Japanese people keen on visiting the country.

Meanwhile, to increase the number of Japanese tourists, the tourism ministry continues to promote the country’s other tourist destinations in Japan, including through the digital media.

Earlier, Japan opened a new visa application centre in Jakarta to facilitate all Indonesians keen on travelling to Japan. The centre will begin operating from September 15.-VNA