participated at the 25th Slovafatour ITF exhibition in Incheba Exibition,
Bratislava - Slovakia on 24-27 January 2019. ITF Slovakiatour was held in
conjunction with the Danubius Gastro Fair. In this event, the Embassy of
Indonesia was supported by the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and cooperated
with tour operators from Indonesia, namely Indoreisen and Mala Tour. While the
Embassy cooperates with local tour operators, namely Alchemy Travel, Victory
Travel and Dobrudruznecesty Travel.
Ambassador to Slovakia, Adiyatwidi Adiwoso Asmady said that the Slovakiatour ITF
was a very important event to promote Indonesia for tourists in the Central and
Eastern European regions. Based on data from the Immigration recorded the flow
of tourists from Slovakia increased significantly each year. In 2017 there were
8,368 people, in 2016: 6,629 people, in 2015: 5,331 people, in 2014: 3,888
people. The Ambassador hopes that tour operators from Indonesia and Slovakia
can take advantage of the moment of this exhibition in order to sell Indonesian
tourist destinations to Slovak market, not only Bali but also beyond Bali. The
ambassador also requested that more foreign tourists from Slovakia be formed in
groups or packages so that it would increase foreign exchange earnings from the
According to President
Incheba, Alexander Rozin, in his opening remarks, he mentioned that the 2019
ITF Slovakiatour was the largest travel exhibition and tourism industry in
Slovakia and central Europe. In 2018, no less than 700 exhibitors engaged in
tourism participated in this event and were attended by more than 70,000
visitors. He appreciates Indonesia's participation, which this time has a large
pavilion, and can accommodate more tour operators and promote various
Minister of Transportation and Construction of Slovakia said that the Slovak
tourism industry is growing and the 2019 ITF Slovakiatour has become the right
place for the tourism and gastronomic industries to develop cooperation and
encourage the tourism industry in Slovakia and various parts of the world. ITF
Slovakiatour is also the main reference for Slovak people and neighboring
countries to get travel and tourism information.
Slovakiatour, not only followed by tour operators from Slovakia but also more
than 25 countries and tourism boards from various countries. The Asian
countries participating in this event are Indonesia and China. Unlike the
previous year, this year's ITF Slovakiatour specifically allocated exhibition
venues in separate halls for the "Hunting and Fishing" category.
During the exhibition,
the Indonesian pavilion also exhibit various coffee products (Gayo, Lintong,
Sidikalang, Ciwidey, Blawen, Kintamani, Flores, Toraja, Papua and civet
coffee), tea, noodles and instant seasonings and other products which are
produced by Indofood, as well as various Indonesian snacks. In addition,
visitors also tasting various types of coffee, tea and fried noodle drinks,
fried rice and chicken soup with noddle (soto ayam).
The potential of
foreign tourists from Slovakia and the East-Central European region can be said
to be large. This can be seen from the number of tour operators offering tour
packages to Indonesia. There was even a Czech-based operator tour called
"Aquatravel" which only offers tour packages to Indonesia. To further
attract foreign tourists from Slovakia, the Indonesian Embassy also organized a
presentation on tourist destinations in Indonesia for 2-day at the main stage
by Victory travel and Alchemy Travel.
On a separate occasion,
the Embassy also arranged a meeting between Indonesian operator tours with a
tour of local operators to promote Indonesian tourist destinations and
establish broader cooperation.
expressed their satisfaction at participating in the 2019 ITF Slovakiatour.
They estimated that tour package transactions that could be booked for 4
exhibition days were around Rp 2.4 billion for packages to Kalimantan, Bali,
Lombok and Java.
In addition, there were
also traditional Indonesian dance performances namely Gandrung Bali dance,
Genjring Party, Sekar Jagad, Bajidor Kahot, Rara Ngigel, Rebana and Rejang
Renteng, and traditional Indonesian music games. The art performance was
presented by the Slovak National Student who was an alumni of the Darmasiswa
scholarship, the Indonesian community in Slovakia and the Embassy staff.