The Indonesian Embassy (KBRI) in Copenhagen held the Visit Indonesian Embassy program to promote Indonesian tourism and attract Danish retirees to visit Indonesia as well to strengthen the trade relationship between Indonesia and Denmark.
The Business Authority Ad Interim of Indonesian Embassy in Copenhagen, Widhiastono, made this statement in a release Tempo received on Friday, November 16.
The Danish retirees travel more than their other Eurupean counterparts. Based on the data from Eurostat, 33 percent of Danish over the age of 65 like to travel abroad, while other European countries saw an average of eight percent.
The Indonesian Embassy in Copenhagen regularly receives visits by the retirees’ entourage from the HK Stats Denmark Retirees Organization to introduce tourist areas in Indonesia.
Widhiastono said based on research the retirees were keen on tourism packages with cultural, historical and culinary themes. “Therefore, they are willing to travel to new destinations,” he said.
While attending the Visit Indonesian Embassy program, the Danish retirees enjoyed the Wonderful Indonesia film, traditional dances, and a string of Indonesian delicacies.
In addition to Bali, the Indonesian Embassy in Copenhagen introduced and promoted 10 other Indonesian tourist destinations, namely Lake Toba, Tanjung Kelayang, Tanjung Lesung, Seribu Island regency, Borobudur, Bromo Tengger Semeru, Mandalika, Labuan Bajo, Wakatobi, and Morotai.
Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark Margrethe Alexandrine Þórhildur Ingrid and His Royal Highness the Prince Consort, in 21–24 October 2015 visited three Indonesian cities, Jakarta, Surabaya and Yogyakarta. The Danish Royal visit was meant to strengthen the Indonesian-Danish relationship in culture and trade. They headed a Danish business delegation of around 50 companies that mainly represented 4 sectors; maritime, urban and clean technology, agri-business, design and lifestyle
A number of Danish companies have expressed interest in joining forces with the Indonesian businesses in investment and development of renewable energy and waste conversion projects in the Southeast Asian countries.
According to IEA data, Indonesia has the highest renewable energy potential in Southeast Asia. The growth forecast for non-hydro-power renewable generation in Indonesia, stands at 10% and the long-term growth is expected to average 12.3% between 2015 and 2022.
Dozens of Danish companies well-known with their technological advancement met with several Indonesian businesses, to discuss the potential areas of cooperation between both sides including the transfer of technology, investment and financing arrangements. All forms of collaboration should be set up based on business-to-business mechanisms that put emphasis on sustainability and mutual benefit of both sides involved.
Potential projects that shall materialise as the result of the business meetings between Danish and Indonesian companies include waste conversion, biomass energy, biogas, micro-hydro power plant and combined heat and power (CHP) projects.