Chinese Tourism

Jun 23rd, 2008, in Business & Economy, Travel, by

Chinese TouristIndonesia's target of 300,000 Chinese tourists is regarded as too low.

Deputy head of Indonesia's China Mission, Mohamad Oemar, says the country's target of garnering 300,000 Chinese visitors for 2008, Visit Indonesia Year, is much too small considering China has a population of over one billion.

The target of 300,000 is too low, we could have many more visitors from China than that.

Indonesia had a 600 year old relationship with China, he said, and had plenty of appealing destinations, so there was no reason it should be beaten by other countries in attracting Chinese tourism.

Oemar said that in an effort to gain more Chinese tourists an "Indonesia Week" display/exhibition will be held in Wangfujing, a big shopping mall in Beijing, in September 2008, around the time of the Olympics. antara


7 Comments on “Chinese Tourism”

  1. avatar sputjam says:

    “welcome to my parlour”, said the spider to the fly.
    On a more serious note, there should be direct flights between various cities in china to hot destination spots such as Manado, Lombok and Bali. I know that chinese love sea food. But its got to be cooked their style. Otherwise, they will go home complaining about the lack of good food in indonesia.
    Nearest hot spot to china will be Manado. I think it should be about 3 plus hours away from Guangzhou/shenzhen/Hong Kong/Macau. A perfect weekend getaway for those with means.
    Currently, Kota Kinabalu in sabah/Malaysia is a tourist boom town due to numerous direct flights to Korea/Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macao/shenzhen/bangkok/singapore. It has crystal clear water, scuba/snorkling, mountain climbing, white water rafting, jungle trekking, orang utan watching and reasonably fresh sea food served chinese style. The things that makes kota kinabalu attractive is available in all the mentioned tourist spots in indonesia except the availability of chinese style sea food.

  2. avatar may1998 says:

    But indons just killed, looted, raped, burn Chinese in May 1998?

  3. avatar Farah says:

    @ may1998

    But indons just killed, looted, raped, burn Chinese in May 1998?

    Its all wrong. I mean what those FEW people do is all wrong. But please don’t use the word INDONS cause i don’t feel ever do anything that you said on your comments.

  4. avatar sputjam says:

    Malaysia gave visa on arrival to chinese and the next thing you know, they are everywhere, especially the massage parlours, karaoke joints and pubs.
    Even coffeeshops have backrooms.

  5. avatar oemar says:

    Appreciative of all comments, pls note also that what was referred to about 1998 was a regrettable incident which occured amdist a nation-wide political-economic-social turmoil. It should in no way be seen as ethnic-targeted violence. Look at the situation post 1998 up to now. Through many revolutionary legislative changes, Chinese Indonesians are enjoying fully equal rights as native Indonesian citizens. Many of them are now members of Parliament, national commissions and cabinet minister. After all, there must be a lot more reasons why the rest of more than 12 millions Chinese Indonesians have chosen to stay inthe country after 1998.

    Let’s move forward to better future and not turn back the clock. Warm rgds.

  6. avatar nkkhoo says:

    Oemar, 1998 Jakarta riot is seen as ethnic cleasing by mainland Chinese and other overseas Chinese like me.

    Only until the culprit(s) behind the riot is brought to justice, then you Indonesian and Indonesia will be held responsible for the crime commited in your land.

    Thx

  7. avatar dragonwall says:

    Its all wrong. I mean what those FEW people do is all wrong. But please don’t use the word INDONS cause i don’t feel ever do anything that you said on your comments.

    Right Farah, but what May is referring to is something quite unforgettable, though not relating to all Indons, when that FEW relates to hundreds of thousands rioters venting their anger on most Indon Chinese. So I guess she too wants to view her point to express herself.

    Malaysia gave visa on arrival to chinese and the next thing you know, they are everywhere, especially the massage parlours, karaoke joints and pubs.
    Even coffeeshops have backrooms.

    Well this is what the Filipinos did while attracting Japanese weekend visitors, don’t they!

    Appreciative of all comments, pls note also that what was referred to about 1998 was a regrettable incident which occured amdist a nation-wide political-economic-social turmoil. It should in no way be seen as ethnic-targeted violence.

    It is indeed a regrettable back chapter of Indonesian history so to say, but would it be right to say that those that instigated the riot comprising mostly of top political elites to be what you think? I am sure it is not and until today there were many who still feel that the ethnic cleansing is still not over especially with the current economic developments and political instability that Indonesian had not seen a far better leader than Suharto without exception.

    Look at the situation post 1998 up to now. Through many revolutionary legislative changes,

    Do you think that those many revolutionary legislative changes had brought about for the better of the Indon Chinese? What I find on the current development is a cosmetic extravaganza.

    Chinese Indonesians are enjoying fully equal rights as native Indonesian citizens.

    This is still far fetch if on careful look into the legal and religious aspect, especially with those religiously influence government officials where a plural society is still not the in thing.

    Many of them are now members of Parliament, national commissions and cabinet minister.

    Sorry to say that these are but just woes of pacification. But belief you me, there is still a long way to go.

    After all, there must be a lot more reasons why the rest of more than 12 millions Chinese Indonesians have chosen to stay inthe country after 1998.

    One reason, and that is that being circumstantially forced to stay instead of chosen to, and that is because there is no country big enough to take them in and most countries would not issue a visa to them because they were aware of their motive of migration and only a few who held Human Rights in high esteem are prepared to do so. Not even Britain, Australia, and Canada. Noting that if there are coutnries that are willing to accept them, then Indonesian Government will not.

    Simple reason. Indonesia will face an imminet and total economic collapse that will meant certain death for a country

    Let’s move forward to better future and not turn back the clock.

    Agreed that the clock will not turn back to the past and this will all depend on the Indonesian Government. I am well aware that there are people trying hard to rectify the situations with many of them in anticipation of a veto. Lets hope that such will not dampen their hope by eliminating those who still feel the Indon Chinese are not good enough for Indonesia.

    Only until the culprit(s) behind the riot is brought to justice, then you Indonesian and Indonesia will be held responsible for the crime commited in your land

    This is one thing all Indonesian Chinese will not see in the very near or very far future. Lets not forget that those involved were top political elites, the rich and religiously influenced people that is prepared to go all out to squeeze the balls of the AG office. In order to turn the table around the Indonesian Government will need to do a total administrative reform by putting themselves in the forefront of those hindrances.

    Megawati, Abdulrahman Wahid and SBY were all trying hard to remove those obstacles but the earlier two were met with such difficult times with that many unloyal officials throughout the country which I am well aware of amidst the presenc of their cronies who find the opportunity to capitalizing on their position to enrich themselves. But lets hope that SBY is able to work out a miracle for the country noting the uphill task that he is facing in the forthcoming election filled with treacherous traitors eyeing for the post of the Presidency.

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