Ep 178: The Key Factors Driving Tourism & Hospitality Expansion in Indonesia, with Ross Woods

About This Episode

12 Jun 2023 β€’ 33m28s

“Indonesia’s domestic market is underpinning the growth of tourism.” This is little surprise.

The world’s fourth-largest population is expected to generate 1.4 billion domestic trips in 2023. In addition, a “demographic dividend,” whereby a youthful population is driving economic growth will support expansion of tourism and hospitality through the 2020s.

This week, Gary and Hannah assess the travel outlook in South East Asia’s largest country with Jakarta-based Ross Woods, an experienced hotel investment and strategy consultant. Ross discusses the recovery of different hotel segments over the past 12 months across the Indonesian archipelago, and the hotel development pipeline.

We also look at the international air travel sector, which remains dominated by Jakarta and Bali, and the prospects for inbound and outbound flight growth in regional airports. Plus, we look at the current status of the Five Priority Destinations project to develop different regions of the country for tourism and reduce the visitor economy’s reliance on Bali. And we look at the short-term rentals sector. Is there any chance Bali could replicate the decision of Penang in Malaysia to ban STRs in residential buildings?

View All Episodes

Latest Episodes Catch up with the pods you may have missed

11 Jul 2024 β€’ 29m52s

Ep 221: Reflections on the 1st UN Tourism Regional Forum on Gastronomy Tourism for Asia Pacific in Cebu, the Philippines

The symbiosis of food and tourism is not a new topic, but the contexts are changing. Across ASEAN and Asia Pacific, fast-moving trends in food tourism are driven by social media videos and tasting tests and a raft of culinary awards, guides, ratings and reviews. Beyond changing traveller appetites, vital issues - such as climate impact, resource allocation, automated farming techniques, and fair pricing for food producers - are gaining urgency.
4 Jul 2024 β€’ 30m12s

Ep 220: Bangkok-Vientiane by Train, KL-Nairobi by Plane & Gastronomy Tourism in Cebu: June 2024 in Review

So, we’ve passed a significant threshold. The first half of 2024 is completed – and an unseemly scramble will now occur to try and match – or get very close to – 2019 travel metrics across the region. In this context of competition, it’s time to round up the top 8 travel talking points from June – and what an action-packed month it proved to be. This week, Gary and Hannah travel around ASEAN, with stopovers in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Laos and Myanmar, plus China and – better believe it – Kenya.