Indonesia To Attract More Visitors To Riau Islands Via Johor

Last update: 13/10/2017

By Massita Ahmad

SINGAPORE, Oct 13 (Bernama) -- Tourism Ministry of Indonesia plans to collaborate with ferry operators in Johor soon to boost the number of international visitors to some parts of the Riau Islands including Tanjung Pinang, Batam and Bintan.

Speaking to Bernama on the sidelines of the Cross Border Tourism Promotion Programme recently, its Director of Promotion for Southeast Asia, Rizki Handayani, said the collaboration may include offering some attractive and affordable promotion programmes.

"We would like to receive more visitors to the Islands via Malaysia. For Malaysians, having an edge in terms of your currency, you could spend more over there and help spur our tourism industry," she said.

Rizki said the ministry may replicate a collaboration that it already has with several Singapore ferry operators in bringing more international visitors via Singapore to the Islands.

For Batam alone, an ongoing trial promotion programme sees ferry return ticket from Singapore to the small Island slashed by more than 50 per cent to S$20 (S$1=RM3.10) including terminal fee during weekdays.....