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Garuda Sparks Indonesia's China drive

JAKARTA - Plans by Garuda Indonesia to launch new routes to Shanghai and Taipei for the winter schedule have propelled Indonesia's travel industry into a China drive for 2003.

Starting October 27, Garuda will fly three times a week Jakarta-Singapore-Shanghai; and Jakarta-Manado-Taipei. GA in Singapore would connect Shanghai's business travellers with Jakarta 10 times a day, said spokesman Marco Umbas.

Minister of culture and tourism for Indonesa Gede Ardika said the new Shanghai route would mean next year would see a major China push for the country.

"We hope that the good realisation of travellers starts next year. We will intensively promote all the packages at CITM in Shanghai.

There will be a big delegation, hopefully more than 50, from Indonesia," said Ardika.

Representatives from Bali, Jakarta, Medan, Banten, Sumartra and East Java would be represented at the November event in Shanghai, he said.