BANGKOK, 29 July 2020: Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism and
Creative Economy/Tourism Agency and Creative Economy hosted the second webinar
tourism series on Indonesia for the Thailand and Indochina market last week.
Called “Yogya Alright: The Next Stop for Pleasure and Prayer,” the online event provided an update of Indonesia’s readiness to engage with the new normal travel era, especially in Yogyakarta.
A total of 40 participants attended this one-hour session
with the panel discussion moderated by Nikki Phinyapincha – Visit Indonesia
Tourism Officer (VITO) Thailand and Indochina.
Two travel industry leaders — Hetty Herawati, director of marketing and service director
PT. TWC (Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur, Prambanan & Ratu Boko), and Prinya
Patharaphum, chief operating officer Miramar Tour – joined the keynote speaker,
Vinsensius Jemadu, director of tourism marketing for the region I (Indonesia,
ASEAN, Australia, and Oceania, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of
the Republic of Indonesia.
The webinar provided an update for travel companies selling
trips to Yogya in Indonesia.
Vinsensius said: “Covid-19 can’t change our spirit and
commitment, we have to move on. Let’s walk side by side; let’s unite together
against covid-19. Yogya, a destination for leisure and prayer, has a lot of
things to offer to you. Yogya is known as the city of handicrafts or souvenirs;
many destinations order handicrafts from Yogya.”
Hetty Herawati shared information about the current
situation in Yogya with an update on Yogyakarta status as a cultural hub famed
for its stunning architecture. The ancient Hindu temples of Prambanan, the
Sultan’s palace, beaches, caves, forests and mountains are all popular
destinations, while Borobudur is the largest Buddhist monument in the world.
Prinya Patharaphum pointed out the potential of the Thailand
outbound market to deliver more visitors to Indonesia.
“The main destinations in Yogya for the Thai market are
Borobudur Temple, Prambanan Temple, Jl. Malioboro shopping street and
spectacular scenery of Merapi Mountain.”