Jakarta. The Ministry of Tourism will participate in the international exhibition of Diving Equipment and Marketing Association, or DEMA, in Orlando, Florida, on Nov. 1-4, to showcase Indonesian diving destinations.
The ministry will promote several main diving sites, including Bali, Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara, Labuan Bajo and Alor in East Nusa Tenggara, Derawan in East Kalimantan, Bunaken in North Sulawesi, Togean in Central Sulawesi, Wakatobi in Southeast Sulawesi, Banda Islands in Maluku and Raja Ampat in West Papua.
“The peak season of American tourists to Indonesia is during winter as we provide a warmer weather; we will maximize this as much as possible,” I Gde Pitana, deputy for foreign marketing development at the ministry, said in a statement.
The ministry will bring 20 tourism industry players from Indonesia, one airline and several regional tourism agencies, to fill a rented pavilion area of 600 square meters with more than 25 booths.
The pavilion will provide Indonesia’s maps, information about the diving spots through booklets and flyers, local products such as batik scarfs, a spa corner, door prizes and a cocktail party as well as arts and cultural performances.
Indonesia has a huge potential in marine as the country owns a total of 55 diving destinations and 1,500 diving spots located throughout the stretch of Aceh to Papua.
The ministry plans to hold similar events in the United States until the end of the year.