PT Destinasi Tirta Nusantara Tbk. (Panorama Destination) welcomes African Tourists upon their arrival at Soekarno Hatta International Airport, Jakarta from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It is the first direct flight connecting Ethiopia and Indonesia, bringing a group of foreign visitors to explore Indonesia with Panorama Destination.

Ethiopian Airlines recently began operating services to Jakarta, Indonesia and with the launch of the new route, has opened up connectivity between the two countries. Panorama Destination finds great tourism potential from developing countries in Africa. The company has already been serving group tours from South Africa to Indonesia for several years.

“We are excited to explore new markets in Africa,” said Ricky Setiawanto, Director of Business Development of Panorama Destination. “Ethiopia itself has been showing great potential and economic growth in recent years and we see this as the beginning of further development for Indonesian tourism in Africa.”

Ethiopian Airlines have appointed Panorama Destination as its tour operator in Indonesia through their Ethiopian Holiday program. The first group tour arrived on July 21st with a total of 50 tourists from Ethiopia. The group will spend a total of eight days in Indonesia, exploring Jakarta and Bali. Ethiopian Airlines and the company have mutually agreed to operate the group trips from Ethiopia for the next two years, with the three weekly flights connecting Addis Ababa and Jakarta.

“We are very happy to launch a direct service to Jakarta, the only direct connection between Africa and Indonesia by an African carrier. Our new service will further cement our growing footprint in Asia and will enable us to remain the carrier of choice for travelers connecting between Africa and Asia.” Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO, Mr. Tewolde Gebre Mariam, said. “In the coming years, African and Indonesian trade, investment and tourism ties are set to grow in an exponential manner and our direct flights will make a significant contribution in the enhancement of Africa-Indonesia cooperation.”

The Indonesian Government has been engaging in substantial tourism promotion of Indonesia around the world. Moreover, the weakening of the Rupiah against the US Dollar has also brought another advantage for the tourism industry in Indonesia, as it makes the archipelago a more affordable destination. The value of comparatively cheaper accommodation also makes Indonesia more attractive.

Panorama Destination is striving to achieve its target this year, to bring more foreign tourists to Indonesia and ASEAN. The company is exploring new markets and expanding regionally, offering unique services and experiences to the world.