Mumbai, April 2017 (GPN) : Garuda Indonesia and Wonderful Indonesia organized an Open House and Hi Tea session for the Media on Thursday 13th April, 2017 at the former’s Mumbai office at Nirman Kendra, Near Famous Studio, Mahalaxmi, Mumbai. The session was presented by Mr. Sampiriyanto, Country Manager-Garuda Indonesia India , Mr Saut Siringoringo, Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia, Mumbai and Ms. Shelly Chandhok – Country Manager (VITO-Mumbai) Visit Indonesia Tourism Office, Wonderful Indonesia.
The major attraction was the “Tumpeng” Indonesian culinary masterpiece and the official national dish of Indonesia.
“We are optimistic Mumbai is a promising market for us, The potential of tourist arrivals from India to Indonesia is quite significant, said Sampiriyanto, Country Manager-Garuda Indonesia, India.
He further added, “This is a growing market that we should tap into in order to attract more visitors.”Indonesia is currently one of the largest markets to India with 350,000 people currently traveling to the region on both business and leisure. This new direct route will not only boost the economic activities between the two countries, but also help towards meeting the Indonesian government’s target to increase inbound tourism to Indonesia from India.
Since the national carrier of Indonesia, Garuda Indonesia started operating flights to Mumbai via Bangkok. The Consul General is hopeful of enhanced flights to Delhi and Ahmedabad in the near future.Having recorded a growth of more than 30% in tourists from India during the 11 months from January to November 2016, Indonesia is now looking at attracting visitors to destinations beyond Bali, and showcase the country as an attractive water sports and golfing destination. Talking about this, Saut Siringoringo, Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia, Mumbai, said, “We are focusing on promoting Indonesia beyond Bali in the Indian market. Out of 12 million tourists to Indonesia from across the globe, only 4.4 million visited Bali last year. This shows that the country has much more to offer a new as well as a mature traveller.”
Ms.Shelly Chandhok – Country Manager (VITO-Mumbai) Wonderful Indonesia said, “Our mission this year will
be promoting destinations beyond Bali, it’s time to look to other destinations in Indonesia like Bandung, Banten, Tanjung Lesung, Bangka and Belitung, Lombok,Jakarta,Yogyakarta,Sumatra,Central Java and Flores which is a gateway to Komodo National Park, known for its carnivorous Komodo dragons and waters teeming with sea life, including manta rays and turtles.She further added that after getting approval from the ministry Vito Mumbai and Wonderful Indonesia will arrange for FAM trip for the Media to promote these destinations.
Garuda Indonesia, rated a 5-Star Airline by Skytrax, has launched thrice-weekly, direct flights from Mumbai to Jakarta starting December 12, 2016. Garuda Indonesia became the 20th member of the SkyTeam alliance in March 2014.
The Jakarta-bound service will run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and will be operated by Garuda’s state-of-the-art 162-seater, Boeing 737-800 aircraft with a two-class cabin configuration featuring its globally praised Business Class service concept, and the World’s Best Economy Class (Skytrax Global Airline Awards 2013). The airline also received the World’s Best Cabin Crew award by Skytrax for three consecutive years (2014, 2015 & 2016). In 2016, Garuda Indonesia is bestowed with the World’s Most Loved Airline Award by Skytrax, in recognition of the outstanding services being rendered by the airline, globally.Today, the fleet showcases the new “Nature’s Wing” livery and the new Airbus A330-200 with Boeing B777-300ER aircraft featuring flat-bed seats in business and first class with full 180• recline with unparalleled comfort throughout the flight.
This service departs from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at 2305 hours and arrives at Soekarno Hatta International Airport, Jakarta at 1005 hours the next day. On the return leg, the service departs from the Soekarno Hatta International Airport, Jakarta at 1255 hours and arrives at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai at 2030 hours. Mumbai to Jakarta and Denpasar (Bali) all-inclusive Economy class return fares starts from INR 25,000 and Business class from INR 62,000.
To celebrate the launch, Garuda Indonesia is running a special return promotional fare valid for travel from February 1 until March 31, 2017. Fares are available for sale with immediate effect till the February 28, 2017.The entry to Mumbai is part of the airline’s international network development programme, as well as manifests its commitment to continuously support Indonesia’s programme to double the number of international tourists visiting the country by 2019. Indonesia is currently one of the largest markets to India with 350,000 people travelling to the region on both business and leisure.Ends.
For further information, please visit www.garuda-indonesia.com