Shruti Dugar | Kolkata Marking a new high, Indonesia accounted for a record 485,314 tourists from India in 2017, an up by 30% as per 2016’s 376,802 Indian visitors figure. Going forward, to further attract the Indian travellers to the island country, Visit Indonesia Tourism Office (VITO) India recently promoted Indonesia through a sales mission in Kolkata and Chennai. By the year-end, VITO India is hopeful of achieving the target of welcoming 700,000 Indians by planning to project “Top 10 New Destination in Indonesia” like Lake Toba, Tanjung Kelayang, Tanjung Lesung, Seribu Islands, Borobudur, Bromo-Tengger-Semeru cluster, Mandalika, Labuan Bajo, Wakatobi and Morotai. Speaking to Travel News Digest, Pupung Thariq Fadhillah, Deputy Director, Ministry of Tourism, Republic of Indonesia, outlined their strategy to project the country in the Indian market. He highlighted, “Being an Asian neighbour, India is a very important source market for Indonesia as there are so many cultural similarities between both the nations. As more and more Indians visit Indonesia, it is becoming imperative to further enhance the bilateral ties in lieu to promote tourism between both the countries.”Rizki Handayani, Acting Director of Promotion-South and Central Asia, Middle East and Africa Region, Ministry of Tourism, Republic of Indonesia, stated, “As Indian arrivals are increasing to Indonesia, so are our development activities. Air trade travel between the two countries is high and we are leveraging the additional potential. With the 2017 figures, India now ranks as the third largest inbound source market to Indonesia.”The sales mission witnessed pre-scheduled business meetings between the travel agents and the Indonesian suppliers. The event also hosted Balinese dance performance followed by a networking lunch and a lucky draw contest.