Thai Journalists Visit Karangasem
KARANGASEM ~ Twenty Thai journalists, in a visit organized by the Indonesian Embassy in Bangkok in conjunction with the Culture and Tourism Ministry, were welcomed here this week by Karangasem Regent I Wayan Geredeg in Candidasa.
The journalists were invited to Karangasem as part of a continuous effort to bring in more tourists from Thailand, Geredeg said.
The tour was also aimed at introducing Indonesiaâ€™s culture and natural landscape to Thailand through mass media promotion, official Ganda Sumantri added.
The ministry hoped to achieve a target of 400,000 Thai tourists in Indonesia this year, he said.
â€œBali, as one of the worldâ€™s most famous tourist destinations, and Karangasem specifically were chosen for the journalistsâ€™ group, in order to introduce them to the pleasure and safety of our tourist attractions,â€ he said.
I Nengah Parwatha, head of the Culture and Tourism Office in Bali, said that promotion through mass media would be effective in Thailand since it was a somewhat advanced country, especially in terms of the role of media in education and development.
He said that he hoped the journalists would acknowledge Karangasemâ€™s appeal and relate the information through the media so that Bali would become a top tourist destination for Thai tourists.
The journalists seemed to be impressed by the traditional dance performances, including the Barongket, he added.Filed under: The Island