Jakarta Holiday Packages

Jakarta’s tourist sector finding it hard to market holiday packages: Does this still hold as true now that we reached mid-year?

Tourism industry operators say they are facing difficulty in marketing Jakarta tourism packages, Indonesian news agency ANTARA reported. While new research made by Westhill Consulting Travel and Tours, Singapore have gotten them to an otherwise results.

A new report by the Westhill Consulting Travel and Tours, Singapore says Indonesia and other emerging markets of it different cities such as Jakarta and Bali are the main forces that will drive the travel industry, which is expected to grow at a faster rate than the global economy over the next decade.

“Frankly speaking, we get confused and stressed trying to sell Jakarta tourism packages this year,” Rudiana, chairman of the Association of the Indonesian Tours and Travel Agencies (ASITA) for Jakarta Chapter.

Rudiana said despite having relatively good facilities in Jakarta, traffic woes and floods in the city have constrained efforts to promote tour packages. There are also warnings of some scams that rule the city.

Five tourist buses due to begin operations in February are expected to be unable to run due to heavy traffic congestions.

“The breakthrough in procuring five tourist buses for operating in February was good, but in such traffic conditions, they cannot be operated maximally,” Rudiana said.

Rudiana, who is also Wita Tour sales marketing director, said Jakarta has great potential to be developed as a Meeting, Incentive, Conference and Exhibition (MICE) destination.

“Yet, infrastructure and facilities continue to remain the main factors that will play an important role in Jakarta’s tourism development,” he said.

“Existing facilities in Jakarta can be utilised fully only when other supporting facilities are functioning well,” he added.

Rudiana called on all relevant parties especially the government to draw up strategic plans to deal with the issue. — Bernama.