Indonesia: The latest darling of French tourists

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INDONESIA has become a new focus market for French tourists with more than 238,000 French arrivals in the archipelago last year alone, the largest of any European market.

Indonesia has been a major market for French tourism with a stunning 70 percent growth last year, and France is returning the favor by going to Indonesia.

ASEAN of Atout France regional director Morad Tayebi told TTG Asia, “We are expecting arrivals from Indonesia to exceed 200,000 this year.

“We believe within two years, Indonesia will take over South Korea and will become the third biggest market in Asia after China and Japan in five years.”

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In Indonesia, Tabeyi predicts Indonesia’s secondary destinations outside of Jakarta and Bali as target areas. He recently organized training programs in Surabaya and Medan with another in Jogjakarta in the pipeline.

In 2015, Raja Ampat in Indonesia’s West Papua province was cited as a favorite among the French, as many find its unspoiled islands refreshing compared to the commercialization of Bali.

On a recent visit to Indonesia, former French president Francois Hollande said France views Indonesia as a vast archipelagic country and he believes the country needs to advance its transportation sector to ultimately boost tourist arrivals.

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