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Jakarta hopes to attract more Thai visitors

Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, is attempting to lure more Thai tourists in 2019, capitalizing on the region’s overall tourism growth. The head of the Marketing and Attraction Division under Jakarta’s Department of Tourism and Creative Economy praised the merits of Indonesia’s most populated city as a tourist and business travel destination worthy of consideration. Jakarta has long been regarded as the “heart” of Indonesia, the “main international hub” for tourists from all over the world, and the “business core” of the country. Although East Kalimantan’s Nusantara may soon become the new administrative capital of Indonesia, it is likely that Jakarta will continue to operate in this role for the foreseeable future. Even though the virus halted tourism during that time, the Chief of Marketing and Attractions declared that Jakarta’s economic growth continued unabated.

“Instead of being compelled to reset by the pandemic, Jakarta developed on its foundations, resulting in the construction of various new locations during Covid-19.” After the pandemic, around 500,000 visitors visited Jakarta for the year, a considerable fall from the 2.5 million who visited the city annually before to the lockdowns. They do not anticipate a full recovery until China fully reopens and permits its citizens to travel internationally once more; the same is true for Thailand and the majority of Southeast Asia. Nonetheless, they have set an aim of bringing one million foreign tourists to Jakarta the following year. Currently, Malaysians, Japanese, Koreans, Chinese, and Thais make up the large majority of visitors to an Indonesian city. In these countries, promotional tourist campaigns were held in Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, and Seoul, while Singapore and Dubai hosted exhibitions. The Department of Tourism will conduct similar promotional activities and exhibitions in Bangkok during the course of the following year. The Bangkok Post reports that Jakarta has made tremendous efforts to promote both new and old tourist spots. The brand-new National Stadium, which can hold up to 82,000 people and has a retractable roof, has just opened its doors. And a pedestrian crossing bridge in south Jakarta that was designed to resemble a traditional Indonesian ship from the island of South Sulawesi has become a favorite location for Instagram users from both Indonesia and beyond. In addition, the bridge is regarded as a memorial to the members of the medical community who perished during the pandemic’s early phases.

Moreover, the city contains 385 shopping malls, the Jakarta Aquarium Safari, a National Monument commemorating Indonesia’s independence, and the Jakarta Cathedral. These attractions are all well-liked by tourists. Malaysia’s Istiqlal Mosque is the largest mosque in Southeast Asia and the sixth-largest in the world overall. The massive metropolis has also been working to improve its multiple means of transportation, including as its network of walking, running, and cycling paths. The government has set 2030 as the target year for all buses in Jakarta to be electric and for all of the city’s eastern and western suburbs to be connected. Similarly, the mass rapid transit system in Jakarta, which traverses the city from north to south, is being expanded to 108 kilometers in order to connect satellite cities and suburbs.

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