Sandiaga’s Dream: Turkish Flights to Bali and Cappadocia Hot Air Balloons

Jakarta

Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy/Head of Tourism and Creative Economy Agency Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno received the visit of the Turkish Ambassador to Indonesia Askin Asan.

They discussed the potential and expansion of cooperation in tourism and the creative economy (parekraf). One of the topics discussed was regarding flights, the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy encouraged direct flights from Istanbul to Denpasar (Bali).

“We encourage Turkish Airlines to fly directly from Istanbul to Bali after that it can be continued again to Australia and vice versa. This is because the demand for Australian tourists is very large, and additional flights are needed,” said Sandiaga when meeting the Turkish Ambassador to Indonesia Askin Asan, at the Sapta Pesona Building, Jakarta, Tuesday (26/4/2022).

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“The creative industry has also become one of the most dynamic economic sectors globally, along with the development of technology, education and innovation,” said Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga.

In addition, the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy continued, Turkey, which is famous for Cappadocia with its many colorful hot air balloons, was widely discussed by the Indonesian people after seeing the latest series in Indonesia, Layangan Putus.

“Cappadocia is really happening here. For that I want to invite representatives from hot air balloon operators there to collaborate and present it in Indonesia. So that tourists don’t have to go all the way to Cappadocia, just in Indonesia,” he said.

Sandiaga explained that Indonesia-Turkey have had diplomatic relations since 1950. From this good relationship, various cooperations have been produced in various fields, one of which is Tourism and Creative Economy.

“Turkey has a close relationship with Indonesia. Various collaborations have also been carried out in various fields ranging from the economy to increasing trade, investment (infrastructure, energy, and manufacturing), and tourism,” said Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga.

In the tourism sector, the number of tourists Turkey to Indonesia in 2019 reached 23,883 people. This number increased to 14.5 percent or 3,022 people from the previous year which was 20,861 people.

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