Indonesia - Russia Business Forum 2019 took place in Moscow
Indonesia - Russia Business Forum took place in Moscow on August 1, 2019, organised by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Moscow, with support of the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia. It is aimed to facilitate business networks and cooperation between Indonesia and Russia, in infrastructure, energy, trade and in particular tourism.
Among the list of sessions, there were two having the most interest for tourism sphere in Russia:
1) Indonesia-Russia Trade Relations: Challenges and Opportunities towards USD 5 billion by 2020
2) Business Meeting Between Province of Jogjakarta and Tour Operators
From January to March 2019, 46.4 thousand Russian tourists visited Indonesia, which is 16.2% higher than for the same period last year. The main part of the tourist flow is for the island of Bali - 41, 8 thousand people in January-March 2019, which is 90.1% of the total tourist flow. The next most popular locations among Russians in Indonesia are the capital Jakarta (about 2.5 thousand people), as well as Batam and Bintan islands (slightly less than a thousand people in the first quarter).
The presentation of National Tourism Board included the list of marketing activities, like: MITT and Leisure Exhibitions, Annual Business Forum and Wonderful Indonesia Festival in Moscow, annual sales calls in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, fam trips tour operators and travel agents, press trips for journalists and bloggers, as well as joint promotion with airlines and wholesalers
The ministry reported about completed joint promotion with airlines. On 28 October 2018 – Aeroflot/Rossiya Airlines in cooperation with Ministry of Tourism Indonesia launched Direct Flight from Moscow to Denpasar, Bali. Flight was operated by Rossiya Airlines using Boeing 777-300 Extended Range aircraft and flew until May 2019 for three times a week. On July 1, 2019 - Aeroflot-Rossiya Airlines resumed its flight program after its 1-month suspension in May-June. Flights are carried out twice a week on Boeing 777-300 Extended Range aircraft (436 economy class seats and 21 business class seats.
Then, Ministry of Tourism Indonesia held Inaugural Flight ceremony and Press- briefing for this Direct Flight at Ngurah Rai Bali International Airport on 29 October 2019. Later Ministry supported FamTrip for journalists in cooperation with Rossiya Airlines. In December 2018, 1 month joint digital campaign was launched in Russian media. In autumn 2019, joint digital promo campaign and business meetings in Moscow and St. Petersburg are planned.
During the forum, several Russian tour operators had personal meetings with Indonesia Tourism Deputy Minister Mrs. N. Nischaya and discussed the future of mutually beneficial cooperation.
It’s important to mention that this Forum is one of the events of Indonesian Fest which is held in Krasnaya Presnya park in Moscow during 2-4 of August. There are exhibition of Indonesian products, master classes, fashion defile and representation of art and culture at the fest. August is seemed to be the proper time to start winter season preparation.