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Indonesia records potential transactions of 46 billion rupiah at an exhibition in Madrid

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Indonesia recorded potential transactions worth 2.725 million Euros or around 46.6 billion rupiah at the annual international tourism exhibition Feria Internacional de Turismo (FITUR) 2024,  which took place on 24-28 January 2024 in Madrid, Spain. The Indonesian Embassy in Madrid is optimistic that  Indonesia's successful participation in FITUR will contribute positively to increasing the number of Spanish tourist visits to Indonesia by 2024.  According to a press release from the Indonesian Embassy in Madrid on Tuesday (30/1), the Indonesian Embassy is collaborating with ten tourism business actors to bring various Indonesian destinations closer to visitors. They are Asia Bespoke Tours, Catur Viajes,  Come2indonesia,  Experience Toni Bali, Invierte en Indonesia Group, Kura Kura Resort, Lotus Asia Tours, Melia Bali, Pacto DMC and Spanesia Adventure Group. Chief Executive Officers of Asia Bespoke Tours,  Manfred Schweizer admitted that he was very happy to be able to participate  at the event of  FITUR 2024 with Indonesia.  According to Manfred Schweizer,  many visitors were interested in group travel packages, particularly  to Bali.  But he tried to suggest  them to also visit Sumatra or Kalimantan island to see orangutans or to Komodo Island,  Lake Toba and Raja Ampat.

Meanwhile,   owner of Experience Toni Bali, Toni Granados who comes from the city of Madrid conveyed that  apart from trips to see the beautiful nature of Bali,  there is also a meditation package for those who want to go on a spiritual journey with healers.  Indonesia's participation at the event  is an effort taking advantage of the recovery of Spanish people's interest in traveling abroad as well as the recovery of the Indonesian tourism sector after the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Indonesian Embassy in Madrid also took advantage of the momentum of Indonesia's election as a member of the Executive Council of the United Nations World Tourism Organization, representing the regional commission for East Asia and the Pacific for the period 2023- 2027.

Moreover, Indonesia's participation was carried out by  using a public-private partnership scheme.  The Indonesian Embassy in Madrid received support from the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs,  Ministry of Trade and the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy.  This year's FITUR also recorded new history because  the number of participants reached 9,000 companies from 152 countries.  At the Feria Internacional de Turismo (FITUR)  2023,  the number of participants reached 8,500 companies from 131 countries.

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