Indonesia`s coffee was promoted during the 2018 Vietnam International Travel Mart (VITM) held at the Hanoi International Center for Exhibition. The country`s pavilion located in Hall B1 was quite crowded with visitors looking for information on Indonesian tourist destinations and those wanting to taste Nusantara coffee, Heri Hermawan, head of the Marketing Area IV covering Indochina region of the Indonesian Tourism Ministry, said in Hanoi, Sunday. The ministry always promotes Indonesia`s coffee while participating in travel marts in various countries such in India, Spain, Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, Japan and South Korea.

"Indonesia`s coffee stand always becomes an attraction for visitors, in addition to a replica of Pinisi Nusantara boat displayed in front of Indonesia`s pavilion," he said.

Indonesian barista Grammy Marella Averil of Home Coffee Roastery in Solo served coffee up to 300 visitors per day during the Vietnam Travel Mart. The 29-year old Averil offered four kinds of coffee - Aceh Gayo, Toraja, Mandailing and Sidikalang, to coffee lovers in Hanoi.

Meanwhile, the Tourism Ministry has set a target of attracting at least 74 thousand Vietnamese tourists in 2018, or up from 64 thousand in 2017.

"The target of receiving 74 thousand Vietnamese tourists is most likely achievable, as Vietnam has enjoyed high economic growth over the last 10 years," Indonesian Ambassador to Vietnam Ibnu Hadi informed ANTARA News on the sidelines of the VITM 2018.

The number of rich people in Vietnam has increased, and several of them are interested in traveling abroad, he noted. However, traveling to Indonesia from Hanoi is problematic due to the absence of direct flights.

"This issue of lack of accessibility has led to Vietnamese people opting to go for holidays in Thailand, Malaysia, China, Japan, and Hong Kong," he stated.

Indonesia sent seven travel bureaus from Bali and Yogyakarta to participate in the VITM held from March 29 to April 1, 2018. ( antara )


Trade Ministry is expecting Indonesian businesspeople to increase their tea exports, because this commodity is widely favoured by the world's consumers due to its distinctive quality and aroma. Director of Export Product Development at the Ministry of Trade, Ari Satria in his written statement said on Friday that the target of the Trade Ministry is that there is an increase on the graph of Indonesian tea export even though it moves slowly but surely.

Ari added that in the export market, Indonesia is considered to have good quality tea and a distinctive aroma favoured by the global community. He asserted that to better utilize the export market potential of Indonesian tea, entrepreneurs should be able to prepare effective management for the creation of added-value and product innovation. Based on the data of the Ministry of Trade, tea export in 2017 increased with the value worth $117.96 million dollars, or an increase of 1.04 percent compared to 2016 which amounted to $1 16.75 million dollars. (Ant-Mar/Trans by Alika)



Presidential Chief of Staff, Moeldoko is reviewing the preparation of the Light Rail Transit -LRT for Palembang at PT Industri Kereta Api (INKA) Madiun, East Java. Two series of trains with six hoppers are completed and are currently in trial stage before being sent to Palembang next month.

Moeldoko accompanied by INKA President Director, Budi Noviantoro in his written statement on Friday said that the train is ready for next Augusts’ Asian Games. Moeldoko appreciated the persistence of INKA which can complete the work of LRT on time. INKA will send the trains of LRT to Palembang in stages by ship on 10 April until May 2018. (Kom-Mar/Trans by Alika)



Chairman of Indonesian National Scout, Adhiyaksa Dault invited Vice President Jusuf Kalla in Jakarta on Thursday 03/29) to attend the National Scout Camp. The event will be held on Sebatik Island, Nunukan district, North Kalimantan province starting on 2nd until 7th of May, 2018. After meeting with Vice President Jusuf Kalla, Adhiyaksa Dault said to media that Vice President Jusuf Kalla welcomes positively the National Scout Camp. Adhiyaksa Dault perceived that this activity supports the government's program of mental revolution.

“To have mentally good citizens is not like building one day one night, but building from an early age. It is through the Boy Scout movement. So, if Mr. President says a mental revolution, we do it sincerely. Creating young generations is that they will really understand about Indonesia.”Adhiyaksa Dault said.

The national camp activity of Indonesian National Scout with the theme ‘state defending’ will be followed by hundreds of students of scout members from 34 provinces in Indonesia. This activity will be coordinated with the government of North Kalimantan and Nunukan Regency to ensure the smoothness of the event to be held on Sebatik Island which is the outer island bordering with Malaysia.(Rezha)