Together with the government of Fiji, the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy aim to develop a robust, sustainable tourism sector that will strengthen the regional economy and provide new jobs.
Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, the minister for tourism and the Fiji Islands, and Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, the minister of tourism and creative economy for Indonesia, signed an MOU to start their collaboration.
The agreement would promote bilateral cooperation in tourism promotion, product development, private-sector partnership, and human resource development.
The deal will also encourage research and development for both nations’ welfare and. focus on the revival of the tourism industry. According to Sandiaga Uno, his ministry is still pushing for the creation variety of tourist destinations.
The ministry focuses on locals taking the lead in tourism-related activities through initiatives that engage the younger generation and utilize funding from government agencies and non-governmental organizations.
An Inclusive Tourism Industry
To mobilize and develop natural and cultural resources and all members of tourism village communities, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy also offers mentoring programs with all community members.
The minister explained how the pandemic’s uncertainty in the tourism industry had pushed it and the creative economy to change the development model to one that prioritized sustainability business in Indonesia across the board.
The four key pillars the ministry devised for the realization are environmental sustainability, the economy’s long-term sustainability, and the culture’s sustainability. Uno believed that tourism villages significantly impacted achieving the four pillars.
Facilitating Sustainable Tourism Planning and Development in Indonesia
At its second meeting in Bali, the G20 Tourism Working Group (TWG) reviewed topics on developing local communities and micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) as drivers of the creative sector and tourism transformation.
Concerning these problems, economic recovery will be oriented on the community and is anticipated to enhance the local economy. The event took place last month as part of Indonesia’s G20 Presidency.
During the same time, Food, Hotel & Tourism Bali (FHTB) 2022 – the most significant international trade exhibition in the hospitality and F&B sector in Eastern Indonesia also took place.
In addition to providing an avenue for stakeholders to meet, attendees to the show can also get insights from professionals in the F&B, hospitality, and tourism sectors through Industry Seminars.
The needs of market participants, such as hotel owners, club owners, restaurant owners, tour operators, distributors, and retail and wholesale firms, are rising due to the ever-evolving preference of the Indonesian tourism market.
The expansion of the tourism business in Indonesia will be impacted by the growing requirement to satisfy market tastes.
The New Dawn of Indonesia’s Tourism Industry
The PPPA Minister spoke with female tourism industry members in The Nusa Dua Area on Thursday as part of a series of ancillary activities.
The dialog facilitates conversation on women’s roles in the workplace, dealing with the pandemic in the tourism industry, women and the constraints of cultural norms, and other topics relating to women in the workplace.
Female participants in the tourism business, such as hotel staff, members of the beach traders association (paguyuban pedagang pantai), and ITDC personnel, attended this discussion.
The Minister of PPPA highlighted that gender equality, or an equal position between men and women, especially in economic participation, has been stipulated by the Indonesian constitution, namely the 1945 Constitution, in his discussions with stakeholders in the tourism business.
In addition to contributions to the workforce, the PPPA Minister underlined the value of giving women a chance to advance to leadership positions. He claims that women may make significant contributions to economic resilience, including in the tourism industry.
In addition to being more gender-inclusive, sustainability also plays an essential role in reviving tourism in the region. The convenience of tourists and the developer community is frequently given more priority in tourism development.
Unfortunately, this could endanger the environment. The tourism sector can contribute to environmental issues if unregulated significantly.
Maintaining the background and using as few natural resources as possible is related to sustainable tourism development. This includes encouraging ecotourism, refraining from actions that endanger wildlife or harm the environment, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, water use, and fossil fuel consumption.
Additionally, the growth of sustainable tourism is suited for preserving regional culture, minimizing congestion, significantly boosting the local economy, and supporting nearby emerging regions and small companies.
Indonesia, Haven for Tourism Investment
Indonesia’s ranking on the travel and tourist development index has increased, remarked the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan. Indonesia now occupies position 44, up from position 32 previously.
This improvement in score marks the first time that Indonesia has surpassed Malaysia and Thailand. He expects that Indonesia will be better positioned to attract more investment and grow its capital by taking this position.
Luhut requested that Bahlil Lahadalia, the investment minister, and the regional leaders encourage ways to hasten the implementation of investments in the regions. This includes encouraging investment in the tourism sector and offering incentives to investors.
At the Wisma Duta of the Indonesian Embassy in Khartoum, the Embassy of Indonesia hosted a business gathering with 15 renowned Sudanese travel agents and entrepreneurs.
In his remarks, Ambassador Sunarko noted that following the COVID-19 outbreak, the Indonesian government had resumed widespread international tourist trips. The Indonesian government is making an effort here, particularly in measures to revive the economy.
He also emphasized the focus on new tourist spots, dispersed throughout several Indonesian islands, and are predicted to be among Indonesia’s top tourist attractions. These includes Lake Toba, Borobudur, Labuan Bajo, Mandalika, and Likupang.
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