“Yogya Alright: The Next Stop for Pleasure and Prayer”

BANGKOK, 29 July 2020: Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy/Tourism Agency and Creative Economy hosted the second webinar tourism series on Indonesia for the Thailand and Indochina market last week.

Called “Yogya Alright: The Next Stop for Pleasure and Prayer,” the online event provided an update of Indonesia’s readiness to engage with the new normal travel era, especially in Yogyakarta.

A total of 40 participants attended this one-hour session with the panel discussion moderated by Nikki Phinyapincha – Visit Indonesia Tourism Officer (VITO) Thailand and Indochina.

Two travel industry leaders — Hetty Herawati,  director of marketing and service director PT. TWC (Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur, Prambanan & Ratu Boko), and Prinya Patharaphum, chief operating officer Miramar Tour – joined the keynote speaker, Vinsensius Jemadu, director of tourism marketing for the region I (Indonesia, ASEAN, Australia, and Oceania, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia.

Vinsensius Jemadu, Director of Tourism Marketing for Region I (Indonesia, ASEAN, Australia, and Oceania, Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia.

The webinar provided an update for travel companies selling trips to Yogya in Indonesia.

Vinsensius said: “Covid-19 can’t change our spirit and commitment, we have to move on. Let’s walk side by side; let’s unite together against covid-19. Yogya, a destination for leisure and prayer, has a lot of things to offer to you. Yogya is known as the city of handicrafts or souvenirs; many destinations order handicrafts from Yogya.”

Hetty Herawati shared information about the current situation in Yogya with an update on Yogyakarta status as a cultural hub famed for its stunning architecture. The ancient Hindu temples of Prambanan, the Sultan’s palace, beaches, caves, forests and mountains are all popular destinations, while Borobudur is the largest Buddhist monument in the world.

Prinya Patharaphum pointed out the potential of the Thailand outbound market to deliver more visitors to Indonesia.

“The main destinations in Yogya for the Thai market are Borobudur Temple, Prambanan Temple, Jl. Malioboro shopping street and spectacular scenery of Merapi Mountain.”