Visitors were queuing at a Garuda Travel Fair in Trans Mall in Makassar, South Sulawesi on Friday. (Antara Photo/Dewi Fajriani)

Garuda Indonesia, BNI Join Forces for Travel Fair

APRIL 05, 2015

Jakarta. National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has joined hands with state lender Bank Negara Indonesia, in staging Garuda Indonesia Travel Fair 2015.

The two-day travel fair, which ran from Friday through Sunday, was expected to attract at least 120,000 visitors and rack up sales of up to Rp 245 billion ($18.9 million).

“GATF is a one-stop shopping fair [for travellers]. In addition to selling flight tickets, it also offered other holiday-related services, including accommodation and tour packages,” Garuda commercial director Handayani said in a press release on Friday.

The travel fair was held simultaneously in nine cities, namely Jakarta; Bandung, West Java; Yogyakarta; Solo, Central Java; Makassar, South Sulawesi; Surabaya, East Java; Pontianak, West Kalimantan; Semarang, Central Java; and Balikpapan in East Kalimantan.

GATF is scheduled to arrive at eight more cities in April 10-12, including Denpasar, Bali; Medan, North Sumatra; and Jayapura, Papua.

Garuda hopes the fair will help boost domestic tourism, Handayani said.

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