The issue on spying by Australian intelligence against the President of the Republic of Indonesia and several other officials resulting in tensions between the two countries does not affect the visit of Australian tourists to Bali. Similarly, it has no impact on the organization of the MICE market, including the incentives from the Kangaroo country. “So far, there has been no report on cancellation of tourist arrivals related to MICE activities including from the Australian market,” said Chairman of the Indonesia Congress and Convention Association (INCCA) of Bali Chapter, Ida Bagus Surakusuma.
The man familiarly called Lolec explained the issue on spying only had something to do with security issues and nothing to do with the economic and trade issues, so the market of Australian MICE remained normal. “The problem only raises tension in the media, while the tourism sector is still going on normally,” he said. According to Lolec, the Australian travelers were still comfortable to spend holidays in Bali. Similarly, foreign travelers from other countries remained to feel comfortable on vacation and follow the MICE tourism in Bali.
Similar condition was also revealed by Director General of Tourist Destination Development, Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Firman Rahim. He said the visit of Australian travelers on holiday to Indonesia, including Bali, remained relatively normal. “They are not affected by a reporting on the intercepts in print or electronic media,” he said. According to him, as the incentive activities, the other MICE activities remained to take place normally.
MICE travelers could easily be drawn to Indonesia, including Bali. However, the incentive travelers had not been worked on optimally. “The handling of incentive travelers poses a special market due to domestic and foreign companies provide awards to their employees, so they can spend holidays in Indonesia,” he added. (BTN/015)
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