Destinations in Surabaya and East Java are very consistent in carrying out tourism promotion activities, especially for ‘sales’ activities. The 16th Majapahit Travel Fair was held on May 7 to 10 2015 in Surabaya, even with strategy and step updates. This time, for example, it began with a full day travel exchange (travex) that brought together sellers from East Java with buyers from home and abroad on Thursday (7/5). In the past years, most were only done for half a day.
This year’s B-to-B event was attended by 90 sellers and 106 buyers. 2014 was followed by 78
sellers with 80 buyers. “Buyers” in 2015 came from 10 countries, namely Malaysia (38), Singapore (19), Thailand (17), Brunei Darussalam (5), China (8), Hong Kong (2), Japan (1), Netherlands (1 ), Myanmar (1), and the rest from Indonesia, which came, among others, from Jogja, Bali, Bangka Belitung, Bintan, Semarang, and Jakarta.
It should be expected, at least during the second semester of this year, the number of foreign tourists landing directly at Surabaya airports will increase, compensating for the decline in the number of foreign tourists recorded in the first three months of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014.
Most of the “seller” participants this year came from Surabaya and Malang as well as several tourist destinations such as Jogja, Bandung and Bali. The Tourism Office of East Kalimantan Province brings industry players who offer river flow tour packages in the Mahakam River, ecotourism in Balikpapan and marine tourism in Derawan and accommodation companies.
Head of the East Java Provincial Culture and Tourism Office Jarianto explained, MTF is one of the international tourism promotion events organized by the East Java Provincial Government.
Quite diligently also the East Java provincial government promoted, in addition to holding MTF, participating in the MATTA Fair event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; to ITB Berlin in Germany and ITB Asia in Singapore; and this year it is planned to attend a food festival in Tianjin, China in September. In the markets and international tourism exhibitions that followed, the provincial government tried to facilitate industry players in East Java.
The 2015 MTF was covered directly by a television station from Tianjin, China, a travel writer from Japan, travel writers from Jakarta, and local media.
After undergoing travex with a round robin system at 8-15-15:30, the
buyers were invited to take part in a post tour with the choice of
visiting Ijen through Bondowoso, to Bromo, or playing golf at one of the
international golf courses in Surabaya. More than half of the post tour
participants chose trips to Ijen.
There are two choices of itinerary in Ijen. More than half of the post tour participants to Ijen were enthusiastic about traveling to reach the top of the Ijen crater and all were satisfied even though it was physically tiring. Some of the other participants were invited to visit “another face” in the Ijen area, which is a small waterfall whose source of water comes from the Ijen crater, Kali Pahit waterfall, a hot spring in the middle of a coffee plantation that is still a heritage.
Dutch colonialism, and Wurung Crater. The post tour ends with lunch and a break at the Arabica homestay, one of the old, well-maintained accommodation facilities in the PTPN XII area, where participants can sample Bondowoso arabica coffee, macadamia beans and fresh strawberry juice. * (Yun Damayanti)
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