Indonesia Promotes Attraction of Vietnamese Tourists

10:50:28 AM | 6/18/2019

The Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and the Indonesian Embassy in Vietnam have launched many promotion programs introducing tourism to the Vietnamese market. Vietnam Business Forum has conducted a brief interview with Indonesian Ambassador Ibnu Hadi about the tourism cooperation between the two countries, as well as incentives for the Vietnamese market. Thu Huyen reports.

How do you assess tourism cooperation between Vietnam and Indonesia over the years?

Tourism cooperation in Vietnam and Indonesia in recent years has seen strong growth. Due to strong economic growth, Vietnamese people can now afford to travel, especially to explore new lands like Bali. The number of Vietnamese tourists to Indonesia in 2018 reached over 70,000 and the number of Indonesian tourists to Vietnam reached 88,000. The expected number of arrivals of two countries is 100,000 each. Currently Indonesia and Vietnam are working to open more direct air routes connecting cities of the two countries.

Recently, Indonesia has organized many famtrips for travel agencies to promote attracting Vietnamese tourists to Indonesia, especially to Bali. Are there incentives available for the Vietnamese market?

Mr. Ha Van Sieu, Deputy General Director of Vietnam National Administration of Tourism

Vietnam - Indonesia tourism cooperation still has a lot of room for development as air connectivity is enhanced and intra-ASEAN tourism cooperation is increasingly promoted and facilitated. Hopefully, two-way exchange of tourists will increase strongly in the coming time; however, it is necessary to have more routes from Vietnam to Indonesia, as well as in Indonesia, because destinations in Indonesia are located on different islands with long distance.

The Indonesian government has a visa-free policy for ASEAN markets, and Vietnamese tourists staying in Bali may have 30 days without a visa. The Embassy has worked with the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism to organize many events to enhance the image of Indonesia tourism in general, and Bali in particular, in Vietnam. In addition, the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism has also coordinated with the Embassy to organize famtrips and presstrips to Indonesia. There is now a direct flight of Vietjet air from Ho Chi Minh City to Bali. I hope these flights will contribute to the growth of tourism on both sides. The Indonesian Ministry of Tourism expects to reach 100,000 arrivals from Vietnam in 2019.

Flying from Vietnam to Indonesia takes too much time due to transits through a third country, so is there any solution for travelling between the two countries to be more convenient and easier?

Currently there is no solution yet. Vietnamese tourists who want to travel from Hanoi must fly with Singapore Airlines or Malaysia Airlines because there are no direct flights between Hanoi and Indonesia. Particularly, Vietjet Air has just opened a direct flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Bali, but visitors from Hanoi who want to fly to Bali must also fly to Ho Chi Minh city before flying straight to Bali. Vietnam Airlines is supposedly studying to open a direct route between the capitals of the two countries of Hanoi-Jakarta, hoping that tourism at that time will be more convenient and easier.

Direct flights between HCM City and Bali Launched

On May 29 in Bali, Vietjet Air officially opened the Ho Chi Minh City - Bali flight route, connecting Vietnam's largest city and Indonesia's famous tourist destination.

The direct route connecting Ho Chi Minh City and Bali aiming to promote tourism and trade in the region operates five weekly round trips, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. Flight time is about 4 hours. The flight departs from Ho Chi Minh City at 8:05 and arrives in Bali at 13:05 (local time). The return flight takes off at 14:05 (local time) from Bali and arrives in Ho Chi Minh City at 17:00. Flight tickets are now available at the website with the promotion program in golden time daily from 12:00 - 14:00.