Indonesia’s participation at the Reiselivsmessen tourism exhibition in Telenor Arena, Oslo on Jan. 11-13 attracted many visitors who reportedly purchased tourism packages to the archipelago.
During the booth opening by the Indonesian Embassy in Oslo, Indonesian Ambassador to Norway Todung Mulya Lubis said the participation was part of economic diplomacy as well as a continuous effort to promote Indonesia as a popular destination.
Among the destinations promoted at the event were Raja Ampat, Komodo Island, Lake Toba and Borobudur Temple.
A representative of the Oslo embassy, Wisnu Lombar Dwinanto, told Antara news agency that many visitors asked questions regarding natural disasters, transportation accidents, terrorism, extremist violence and social disruption reported by the media about Indonesia.
“This event serves as an opportunity to spread information to tourists that Indonesia remains a safe and comfortable place to visit,” he said.
Other than information, visitors were also entertained by traditional dances performed by Indonesian diaspora members in the city, such as the Cendrawasih, Renggong Manis, Manuk Rawa, Sekar Jagat and Pakarena dances.
The booth also presented handicraft and culinary products in collaboration with importer Scanesia.
Norwegians are known for their habit of holidaying outside their country. Especially during the summer, over 60 percent of their citizens reportedly choose to vacation abroad. They are also known to have higher purchasing power compared with citizens from other European countries, spending around US$4,300 per trip mostly on food, accommodation and attractions. (kes)
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