In economic terms, Indonesia has the potential to maintain a rapid rate of economic expansion for several decades, with real GDP growth forecast to average 5.4 per cent a year through to 2030 (Economist Intelligence Unit, 2012). While Indonesia has an expanding middle class with a growing ability and desire to travel, outbound travel from Indonesia is currently being fuelled by the wealthy and young single professionals.
Outbound travel from Indonesia is growing rapidly, with over seven million departures in 2012, more than double the number of departures in 2003. Outbound travel is being fuelled by the growth in low cost carriers, the lifting of the exit tax in 2011 which was imposed following the 1997 financial crisis to stimulate domestic travel, a strengthening currency and a strong economic outlook. A strong demand also exists for outbound meetings, incentive, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) travel from Indonesia.
Indonesia is currently New Zealand's 24th largest source of visitors. Securing a direct air service to/from Jakarta remains a key goal.
Indonesia is central to wider New Zealand government priorities in trade and export education. With the prospect of direct air services, Tourism New Zealand judges this an opportune time to invest in building demand for quality mono-New Zealand travel.