Coronavirus or not, Indonesia’s hotel chain Plataran Indonesia, Garuda Indonesia but also banks and other tourism-related sectors have joined together to offer attractive travel packages to promote domestic travel.
It is hard for Indonesians to realize that times might get rough for the tourism industry or is it an unbeatable sense of optimism. Despite the government’s appeals for people to stay home to slowdown the pandemic, hotel chain Plataran Indonesia, Bank BNI, Bank BCA, airline Garuda Indonesia, the Yayasan Putri Indonesia foundation and beauty brand Mustika Ratu are cooperating together to launch “My Destination Indonesia”, a series of special vacation packages that bundle together airplane tickets, accommodation and exotic tours. “We have to look at our domestic market. Indonesia’s domestic market is our safety net for our economy,” Plataran Indonesia founder and CEO Yozua Makes said during the launch of the promotion in Jakarta late last week to the newspaper Jakarta Post.
As the initiator of what he described as “a national movement”, Makes hopes that “My Destination Indonesia” will cheer up locals and help stimulating the country’s economy and its tourism. “ We see that the coronavirus is dangerous medically, but what is more dangerous is its consequences [on the economy],” Yozua told the newspaper.
The spread of the coronavirus has hit tourism hard, as countries issued travel bans, translating into a significant drop in visitors. The Bali Immigration Office recorded a 33 percent drop in tourists arrivals in February, compared to January, with 392,824 arrivals, following the issuance of the government’s travel ban on China on Feb. 5. In addition, state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I reported that, across its 15 airports, up to 12,703 flights carrying 1.67 million passengers had been cancelled in January and February.
The Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) also noted that the country’s overall occupancy rate had fallen to 30 to 40 percent, below the regular low season average of 50 to 60 percent, with some hotels’ rates dropping as low as 20 percent at the beginning of March.
“Garuda strongly supports this kind of initiative. We are offering an attractive ticket pricing program, tailored to the destinations and accommodation, in collaboration with Bank BCA and BNI as well,” Garuda IT and business development director Ade R. Susardi said during the press conference last week. The airline will offer a 40 percent discount for flights to and from top travel destinations, including for its Jakarta-Denpasar, Jakarta-Labuan Bajo, Jakarta-Yogyakarta and Jakarta-Banyuwangi routes.
The discounted prices are offered via the travel package available on the Garuda Indonesia Holiday website between March 12 and June 30 for flights scheduled until Feb. 28, 2021.
The package also offers a cashback and 0 percent lending rate within 12 months for Bank BNI and BCA credit card users, as well as a 25 percent discount for a treatment at Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa with a minimum purchase of Rp 720,000 (US$47.99).
(Source: The Jakarta Post)