08 Oct 2020 - 2 min read
Jakarta, 8 October 2020 – Traveloka, Southeast Asia’s leading digital travel and lifestyle booking platform, in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia (Kemenparekraf), launched the first tourism innovation in Southeast Asia, namely the Virtual Tour from Online Xperience, an alternative solution that exclusively for Traveloka users to get an exciting, interactive, and inspiring experience in a variety of beautiful domestic tourist destinations without leaving home. Traveloka also collaborates with PT Atourin Teknologi Nusantara (Atourin), a technology company that provides offline and online services in the tourism sector, including the development of virtual tour content in Indonesia.
Virtual Tour by Traveloka Xperience virtual launch event attended by Wishnutama Kusubandio, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia; Nia Niscaya, Deputy of Marketing, The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy; Albert, Co-Founder, Traveloka; and Benarivo Triadi Putra, CEO of Atourin
Wishnutama Kusubandio, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia, said “Currently, the government is prioritizing in enforcing health protocols, one of which is through implementing health protocols in tourist destinations with InDOnesia CARE campaign. Through technology, we hope that creative and innovative content such as Virtual Tours can provide an alternative for people to continue exploring our beautiful archipelago, while helping the recovery of the tourism industry which was affected by the pandemic. It is an honor for Indonesia to be able to present such an early innovation in Southeast Asia. This collaboration between Traveloka and Atourin needs to get recognition from all parties."
The presence of the Virtual Tour from Online Xperience is a manifestation of Traveloka's commitment in supporting the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy to accelerate the recovery of Indonesian tourism industry. With the utilization of technology, Traveloka has made a positive contribution to the tourism sector, including for tour guides, to keep them productive in the midst of pandemic situation. Albert, Co-founder Traveloka said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has hampered the business sustainability of tourism sector players, one of which is tour guides, because the public is expected to reduce mobility in order to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus. With the aim to keep open opportunities to explore Indonesia, we together with Atourin offer innovations for those who want to explore Indonesia by launching a Virtual Tour from Online Xperience. Traveloka hopes that this innovation will continue to be in line with Kemenparekraf's efforts to revive the tourism industry in Indonesia. "
Currently, Virtual Tour by Online Xperience offers 15 tourist destinations from 7 provinces in Indonesia, including Bali, West Nusa Tenggara, East Nusa Tenggara, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Maluku, Papua. These 15 tourist destinations will be available on the Traveloka application in stages throughout 2020. Traveloka users can enjoy a number of destinations in Bali, then Labuan Bajo in November.
Each destination on the Virtual Tour by Online Xperience has a variety of available schedules and travel times, ranging from 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes. Traveloka users will get detailed travel plans (itineraries) to tourist destinations and will be guided by the tour guide, starting from the departure from the airport, accommodation recommendations, to the desired tourist destination. Users can experience the whole exciting, interesting, and comfortable travel experience from home, or from anywhere, with very affordable ticket prices, starting from IDR 50,000.
“The Virtual Tour by Online Xperience provides a platform for tour guides to share inspiring and educational information regarding tourist destinations in Indonesia. Through this service, Traveloka users can continue to enjoy traveling in Indonesian tourist destinations that offer amazing beauty with their loved ones from anywhere. During the virtual tour, they can interact directly with the tour guide to get travel information and inspiration from the tourist destinations they want to visit, "added Albert.
In the InDOnesia CARE campaign, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy also collaborated with many parties, including Atourin and the Indonesian Tour Guides Association (HPI) to hold training for guides related to the concept of virtual tour activities, so that tour guides can understand how to guide tours digitally.
Benarivo Triadi Putra, CEO of Atourin, said “The concept of virtual tours is increasingly growing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We are delighted to work with Traveloka to present the Virtual Tour by Online Xperience. By utilizing technology, this allows more tourism industry players, such as tour guides, to remain productive by guiding tours virtually. We strongly support Kemenparekraf and Traveloka in developing creative content from virtual tours for tourist destinations in Indonesia."