Ministry of Tourism organizes Indonesia Cross Border Tourism Photo Contest 2017. Seen on the picture Minister Arief Yahya was presenting prize to the winner of the competition, on the occasion when Minister closed the Cross Border 2016 Co-ordination Tourism Meeting in Jakarta on 8/12/2017. (Photo: Humas Kemenpar)

Ministry of Tourism organizes Indonesia Cross Border Tourism Photo Contest 2017. Seen on the picture Minister Arief Yahya was presenting prize to the winner of the competition, on the occasion when Minister closed the Cross Border 2017 Co-ordination Tourism Meeting in Jakarta on 8/12/2017. (Photo: Humas Kemenpar)

Jakarta, (ITN-IndonesiaTouristNews): The flight routes from Pontianak-Putussibau and Pontianak-Sintang will be served by Wings Air, a Lion Group member, starting on December 15, 2017. Meanwhile Citilink Indonesia airline is again selected as Indonesia Leading Low Cost Airline for -7th times in the Indonesia Travel and Tourism Awards (ITTA) 2017/2018 event organized by Indonesia Travel and Tourism Foundation.

The District Manager of Lion Air Group in Pontianak, Lukman Nurjaman linked it with the concept of border tourism (crossborder tourism) echoed by the government, in addition to increasingly strengthening the connectivity of intercity flights reaching the district and sub-district.

Regarding the development of domestic routes, in a press release yesterday, Citilink Indonesia Finance Director Fransetya Hutabarat said that Citilink is supporting the national tourism development program, especially the development of ten “New Bali” priority destinations being intensified by the government.

“The opening of new routes would also be linked to new tourist destinations. In addition to the business expansion it is also to connect with regional routes served by Garuda Indonesia, “said Fransetya.

Throughout 2017 Citilink Indonesia continues to expand its aviation network to various destinations, especially to eastern Indonesia such as Jayapura, Kendari, Gorontalo, Ambon, Silangit, as well as regional routes to Dili, Timor Leste.

The new Wings Air route, according to the District Manager of Lion Air Group in Pontianak, Lukman Nurjaman, will be served with propeller aircraft of type ATR 72-500 / 600.

In a press release he explained Putussibau is the capital of Kapuas Hulu regency, a city of about 23 thousand inhabitants, the largest city in Kapuas Hulu as entrance to two major ecotourism destinations in the heart of Borneo, Lake Sentarum and Betung Kerihun National Park.

Putussibau is in the upper Kapuas River, the longest river in Indonesia and the second longest in the world after the Amazon River. Putussibau as constitutes a gateway to explore the national parks, rivers and customs houses in Kalimantan, so it can play an important role in supporting the tourism industry mainstay in West Kalimantan.

Tourism Minister Arief Yahya acknowledged that it will strengthen the concept of crossborder tourism that will be further boosted in 2018. Minisster said, in the next year the crossborder tourists are targeted to reach 3.57 million foreign visitors.

“There will be 220 events to be held in 31 areas spread across eight border areas,” said Minister Arief Yahya. ***