On Wednesday 23 February, GOLFPLUSONEMEDIA became the first group of Singaporeans to visit Indonesia since the Covid-19 pandemic began in 2020.
Using the Travel Bubble and Vaccine Travel Lane (VTL) for Sea Travel, this Familiarisation (FAM) Trip was initiated by the Batam Tourism Industry led by Bapak Anddy Fong from Nongsa Sensation and strongly supported by the Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy (MOTC). The goal of this FAM trip was to remind everyone about what Batam has to offer to the world as an international tourism destination.We had the wonderful opportunity to experience first-hand the tourism situation here in Batam, Indonesia.
First and foremost, the policies that are being carried out by the Indonesian government are in direct relation to health protocols and the implementation of cleanliness, health, safety and environment sustainability. The application of this Travel Bubble in Batam is the first step to bring tourists from Singapore back to Indonesia.
Having experienced first-hand we can conclude that Indonesia is ready to welcome back International tourists from all over the world as they adapt diligently to the situation while improving destination experiences.
Seriously, it was an amazing feeling to go back to Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal! The anticipation to be able to travel again in a Group after 2 long years was exhilarating. This brief run-through video was meant to capture the quick efficient procedure of sea travel and the essence of getting on a boat to travel to another country. In this case, a short 45 minute ride and (Voila!) we are in Batam!
Experiencing the strict safety protocols upon arrival in another country was amazingly a breeze as we were whisked off to begin our trip itinerary. No major hiccups and quite efficient, I must add. Batam View Beach Resort was our destination host and a welcome dinner quickly ensued. Lucky enough to have a relaxed and casual chat with the Hotel General Manager, Bapak Anddy Fong, the man behind Nongsa Sensation, we learned how the idea of this Bubble VTL trip came to fruition after 2 long hard years.
The many challenges and hurdles faced by Bapak Anddy would make any lesser man crumble and give up but he led his loyal team, soldiered on and brought the community of Nongsa and the leaders of Batam together. 23rd February was indeed “the beginning of something good.”
We made Headline News upon our arrival in Batam! It was a huge milestone for Indonesia and all of us involved. Consequently, we spent the second day visiting both Palm Springs and Tering Bay Golf & Country Clubs and to Nongsa Point Marina Resort. Both Golf Courses are in pristine conditions and anticipating the visit of Golfers from Singapore! The lunch served at Nongsa Point was superb and worth a mention and after a quick rest back in our resort we visited our last destination, Montigo Bay Resort, for a final tour and a Farewell Dinner.
On behalf of us all who were invited to attend this historic event, Golfplusonemedia would like to express our sincerest gratitude and appreciation to the Batam Tourism Industry led by Bapak Anddy from Nongsa Sensation and especially to Wonderful Indonesia led by our Trip Organiser, Mr Aris Latif, who made this all possible. Congratulations to all and let’s work together to Visit Indonesia, especially Batam again!
Here’s the latest coming out of our FAM Trip! The Organisers have come out with a Batam Golf Package for you to be the First Group of Golfers to play in Batam! It’s limited to only 48 Golfers so Book your spot now!