Jakarta — The first batch of Singaporean tourists who signed up for special promotional tour package by the Tourism Ministry and North Sumatra provincial administration had finally arrived in Lake Toba. “These tourists are participants of Lake Toba Promotional Tour Packages by Tourism Ministry, North Sumatra Provincial Administration, eight regencies in Lake Toba, locals and industrial players in Lake Toba,” explained Lake Toba Authority Board director, Arie Prasetyo. The grouped stayed for four days and three nights, trekking the waterfall, joined fruit picking and witnessing Gorga engraving demo. They also visited sites such as Lake Toba and Eden Park 100. The latter is an ecotourism site located in Toba Samosir regency. On their final night, there was Cultural Night event being held at Batak TB Silalahi Museum. The event was hosted by Toba Samosir regional administration and North Sumatra provincial administration. They flew back to Singapore on November 2 at 10:15 a.m. A few hours later, the Second Batch of Singaporean tourists arrived in Silangit International Airport at 1:30 p.m. The airport itself welcomed its first international flight by Garuda Indonesia from Singapore on Oct. 28. To commemorate this occasion, 10 special promotional tour packages were offered for Singaporean tourists to travel to Lake Toba. Dates for travel trips available from Oct. 28 until Nov. 21 and packages are divided to three categories. “In Singapore there are 15 million international tourists and five million Singaporeans. The travel duration is only 55 minutes from Silangit,” said Tourism Ministry Arief Yahya. Moreover, the ministry that also seeks to attract Malaysian and Chinese tourists is offering incentives for airlines to open new routes from China to Silangit International Airport. China is considered a big market for the ministry as the country has up to 120 million of outbound travelers.