Indonesia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with New Zealand in efforts to boost travel between the two countries. Signed by Indonesia’s Tourism Minister, Arief Yahya and New Zealand’s Trade Minister Todd McClay, the MoU covers various areas including human resource development, information exchange, destination and tourism product development, marketing and promotions. Both countries will also engage in greater cooperation with regard to regional and international forums to boost awareness and interests.
Deputy Minister for international marketing development at the Indonesia Ministry of Tourism, I Gede Pitana said, “Traffic between the two countries is still small, but we could make it better, especially through tourism. The MoU is a milestone to enhance cooperation.”
He added that with recent visa exemptions and ease on yachting regulations in Indonesian waters, number of New Zealanders travelling to Indonesia would increase. Indonesian arrivals to New Zealand were at 17,000 in May 2016 while 79,000 Kiwis visited Indonesia during the same period.
Steven Dixon, Tourism New Zealand's regional manager South & South East Asia, said things are looking up. “If we look back at the last five years, we have seen the market grow about 65 per cent." He also said that New Zealand intends to continue boosting demand from Indonesia through branding, public relations and cooperation with the trade and urged the travel trade to work closely with agents from Indonesia to “create compelling packages to market New Zealand”.