Mimi Hudoyo, Jakarta (2009-02-11)

THE Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) has opened a representative office in Indonesia in to boost the Indonesian outbound traffic, which has grown very sharply in the last three years.

MGTO director, Mr Joao Manuel Costa Antunes, said: I..." />
 
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MGTO opens Indonesia office
 
Mimi Hudoyo, Jakarta (2009-02-11)

THE Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) has opened a representative office in Indonesia in to boost the Indonesian outbound traffic, which has grown very sharply in the last three years.

MGTO director, Mr Joao Manuel Costa Antunes, said: “Indonesia is a new market for us. Although the number is still small at the moment, the growth of arrivals has been very healthy.”

Indonesian arrivals to Macau in 2006 was 68,114 and it leaped by 96 per cent in 2007 to 133,432. Last year, arrivals reached 187,752, or 40.7 per cent higher than in 2007. Indonesians' average length of stay was two nights, slightly above that of total travellers.

While Macau is now famous for its gaming industry, Mr Antunes said the office would promote MICE and family travel to Macau. “Macau is not only about gaming. We have great historical sites, culture, cuisines and entertainment for families. We have built new facilities for MICE. These are the focus of our promotions.”

MGTO Indonesia general manager, Ms Maurene Budiman, said: “Our programmes include a roadshow to the regions to create awareness about Macau, assisting agents in creating special packages, as well as media and agents' fam trips to Macau this year.”

Ms Budiman was optimistic about the outbound market from Indonesia despite the economic crisis. “The government's new regulation to waive the exit tax for the Indonesian outbound travellers, will entice them to travel. Besides, there is no need for a visa to go to Macau, so travellers can decide to travel at any time.”

When TTG Daily News quizzed Mr Antunes on his marketing budget and target of arrivals from Indonesia this year, he said: “In the current economic situation, it is difficult to set a certain target. As for the marketing budget, I can only say we have the money to support any programme that will foster the growth of Macau's tourism.”
 
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