President of Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), Sunil Kumar stated that tourists from India are still constrained by direct flight to visit Bali.

"Travelers from India to Bali (Indonesia) are still constrained on a direct flight service because they have to transit to Singapore or Thailand," he said in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Tuesday.

With such kind of trip, he said, it would be a consideration for a visit to Bali.

Associated with these constraints, they solve it by promoting more tourist object on the island.

"We see in Indonesia, especially Bali, has tremendous potential in the eyes of Indian tourists. Due to the fundamental reason that is the similarity of culture between Bali and India," said Kumar.

Kumar said that Indian people who travel to Bali is increasing every year. However, Indonesian government is expected to provide convenience, especially to Indian tourists.

"If they are given an access, such as tourist visa exemption, and direct flight services, Indian tourists will divert their vacation time to Indonesia," he said.

Through TAAI, he said, they tried to make the promotion of tourist objects in Indonesia, including Bali, because so far there are many unknown attractions.

"Through TAAI, we will attempt to do a promotion, either through brochures and media, so that Bali (Indonesia) is getting better known," he said.

Therefore, he said, TAAI Conference held in Nusa Dua,  also invited some of Indian media to know more about Bali.

"In TAAI conference, we invited some media from India. We will encourage them to visit a number of attractions in Bali to be later promoted in India," he said.

Based on data from Bali Provincial Tourism Office of Indian tourists visiting Bali in January to July 2014 there were 51.584 people, an increase of 38.57 percent compared to the same period in 2013 which was  37.225 people.



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