Lion Air promises affordable tickets to ‘New Balis’

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If you’re looking to go on holiday in May or June, you might want to check out an ongoing travel expo promising attractive airfares to 10 tourist destinations promoted by the government as the “New Balis”.

The tickets are being offered by the country’s biggest low-cost carrier, Lion Air Group, in cooperation with state-owned lender Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) at the so-called Lion Air Group Expodition held at Gandaria City Mall in South Jakarta from Friday to Sunday.

“Although Bali remains the main tourist destination in Indonesia, more people are starting to find other tourist destinations, especially after the Tourism Ministry introduced the 10 prioritized tourist destinations,” Lion Air Group president director Edward Sirait said in Jakarta on Friday.

Edward said his company saw that trend as a new business opportunity. “Therefore, we want to promote those tourist destinations through our deals,” he added.

The 10 “New Bali” are Lake Toba (North Sumatra), Tanjung Pandan (Bangka Belitung), Tanjung Lesung (Banten), Thousands Islands ( Jakarta), Borobudur Temple (Central Java), Mount Bromo (East Java), Mandalika Lombok (West Nusa Tenggara), Labuan Bajo (East Nusa Tenggara), Wakatobi National Park (Southeast Sulawesi) and Morotai (North Maluku).

The special fares are offered on flights from Soekarno Hatta International Airport to those destinations, except for Tanjung Lesung and Thousands Islands.

A return ticket to Lake Toba, for example, is sold at Rp 1,039,000 (US$72.73), while a return flight to Tanjung Pandan will set the traveler back Rp 540,600.

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