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Realizing Airports as Tourism Showcases, AP II Launches Tourism Activity Centers at Soekarno-Hatta and Minangkabau Airports

13 Dec 2022

The Tourism Activity Center is ready to welcome tourists and airport visitors during the Christmas and New Year holiday periods

Jakarta - PT Angkasa Pura II launched a Tourism Activity Center (TAC) at Soekarno-Hatta Airport (Banten) and Minangkabau Airport (Padang) today, Tuesday 13 December 2022.

AP II President Director Muhammad Awaluddin said TAC was positioned as a tourism information and promotion service center, activation of tourism activities, an Indonesian cultural education center, as well as a marketing facility for MSME products and handicrafts from all provinces.

"Previously at Soekarno-Hatta Airport there was a Tourism Information Center as a tourism information center, and today we are improving services for tourists by launching a Tourism Activity Center at Terminal 3 of Soekarno-Hatta Airport and Minangkabau Airport which have a more complete role, namely apart from being a center information as well as a center for Indonesian cultural education and a means of promoting tourism, MSME products and handicrafts from all provinces.”

"The airport is the gateway to a country or a region, so it is the right location as a showcase for Indonesian tourism. AP II wants to welcome tourists at the airport with the best service, one of which is through the Tourism Activity Center," said Muhammad Awaluddin.

Muhammad Awaluddin added that TAC also functions as a forum to encourage the community to develop creativity, collaborate and work, with the aim of preserving culture and growing Indonesian tourism.

TAC itself will have various activation activities to promote Indonesian tourism, including through the Cultural Parade which displays traditional clothes, traditional musical instruments and regional arts from all provinces in Indonesia.

"Through various activation activities, we are targeting that the Tourism Activity Center at AP II airport will also become a new destination for the public to see Indonesian art and cultural performances. In the early stages, TAC was launched at 2 airports namely Soekarno-Hatta Airport and Minangkabau Airport, before later being launched at other AP II airports," said Muhammad Awaluddin.

The TAC is equipped with 5 main facilities, namely:

1. Monitor information showing videos of tourist destinations
2. Information rack to present booklets, brochures & pocket maps for tourists
3. Information data to display tourist attraction schedules, travel calendars, culinary, accommodation, transportation and shopping centers
4. Archipelago Gallery to show photos of tourist destinations throughout Indonesia as well as cultural ornaments throughout the province
5. Virtual Reality for tourists to provide a different experience in exploring tourist destinations through 360 degree VR

The TAC at Soekarno-Hatta Airport is located in the departure check-in area of ​​Terminal 3, while at Minangkabau Airport it is located in the departure area.

AP II Director of Commercial & Services M. Rizal Pahlevi said the launch of the TAC was carried out in conjunction with Nusantara Day on December 13.

"The commemoration of Archipelago Day 2022 will be held in Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi, which represents the natural beauty of Indonesia. With the spirit of Archipelago Day, through TAC at airports, AP II also wants to introduce more widely the various natural beauties of Indonesia," said M. Rizal Pahlevi.

Various TAC activities will involve tourism actors such as travelers, the Indonesian Provincial Government Liaison Agency Communication Forum (FORKAPPSI) and the DKI Jakarta Tourism Office.

"TAC invites communities to build a tourism ecosystem, so that it can contribute to the growth of the tourism sector in Indonesia," said M. Rizal Pahlevi.

Furthermore, M. Rizal Pahlevi said that now is the right moment to launch TAC in line with the increase in flights at AP II airport, including for tourist purposes.

"Airline traffic on both domestic and international routes is increasing and entering a recovery period amid the pressure of the pandemic, where some passengers travel for tourism purposes. Of course flights at AP II airport also prioritize the established health protocols," said M. Rizal Pahlevi.

The increase in flight traffic is expected to continue in line with the 2022 Christmas and 2013 New Year holidays.