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DNA
October 20, 2020

‘Indonesia, Pakistan stand together, ties cemented’

Islamabad

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DNA
October 20, 2020

Islamabad:Charge D’Affaires, Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Islamabad, Andi Ahmad Bastari has said Pakistan and Indonesia stand proudly together as two of the largest Muslim populated countries and emerging economies of creative and talented people.

In recent years, Indonesia-Pakistan bilateral relations have seen significant development as the two countries continuously endeavor to expand their all-round cooperation including in the areas of trade & economy, academic linkages and tourism.

He made these remarks during a get-together organized by the Indonesian embassy. Stakeholders from the tourism industry, media, travel agents and participants of the FAMTRIPS were invited to attend and share their experiences.

He further said it was great pleasure and honor for him to chair this meeting with the representatives of the travel and tourism and media industry and have been participating in the Embassy’s FAMTRIP Program that aims to build strong Indonesian tourism profile in Pakistan.

Indeed, this meeting provides us a timely platform where we can discuss, exchange views and learn from one another experiences and suggestions to have better understanding of the issues and plan better next time when organizing promotional programs and events, he added.

Mr. Bastari said, tourism has been one of the fattest growing industries in the world. In addition to the opportunities for recreation and cultural exchange, tourism industry has emerged as a big source to generate employment opportunities, grow service sector and help earn foreign exchange. Hence, tourism spur the overall economic growth worldwide.

Indonesia takes pride of its world class tourist destination. It receives millions of foreign tourists from all corners of the world annually. In 2019 alone, Indonesia received over 16 million tourists from around the globe, he added.

However, it is also true that in the absence of the insufficient marketing and promotion the outbound tourists in Pakistan are unaware of the huge and diverse tourism opportunities in Indonesia and resultantly tourist’s number from Pakistan to Indonesia has remained far below its true potential.

Similarly, Pakistan also offers many great opportunities to the international tourists such as ecotourism and adventure tourism in its northern areas and the archeological and heritage tourism in the world famous cities of Taxila, Lahore and Mohenjodaro.

Mr. Deny Tri Basuki the Counselor also spoke on the occasion. He said The FAMTRIP, to some extent, has been helpful in creating awareness in Pakistan about tourism opportunities in Indonesia. However, there is still lot more needed to be done to bring the tourists traffic between the two countries to its true potential.

Mr. Deny said Indonesia has been ranked as the ninth-fastest growing tourist sector in the world, the third-fastest growing in Asia, fastest-growing in Southeast Asia and the destination of about 16.10 million foreign tourists in 2019.

Despite blessed with internationally recognized great diverse tourism potential, our two brotherly countries with roughly half a billion combined population, had unsatisfactory and negligible two way tourists’ traffic between them.

If examined the recent statistics, one is flabbergasted/surprised to discover that the number of tourist arrival in Indonesia from Pakistan has remained very nominal and lagged way behind, even when compared with the countries in the South Asian region. In 2019 Indonesia received roughly 15 thousands visitors from Pakistan, and this meager number was only the half of the Sri Lankan 30 thousands tourists that visited Indonesia last year.