Tourism Cooperation to Unite IORA Member States

Jakarta, IORA - Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Summit is a momentum for Indonesia to unite the countries bordering the Indian Ocean through tourism cooperation agreements.

"Indonesia can become the leader of IORA’s tourism cooperation. History noted that the voyage of Samudra Raksa ship from Nusantara archipelago had affected the civilizations around the Indian Ocean," said RI Tourism Ministry’s Secretary Ukus Kuswara at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC), Sunday (5/3).

Ukus Kuswara said the close relation built throughout history becomes a major point to start establishing cooperation in tourism sector with the countries bordering the Indian Ocean. From this point, the tourism sector can become spearhead in building and starting cooperation which further can be followed by other sectors. "All this time, we have only been focusing on trading, research, and education sectors while in fact, tourism can open cooperation in other fields," said Ukus.

A concrete strategy of approach can be started from collaboration in the tourism sector by introducing tourism sites containing values of the grand voyage history such as Komodo Island of East Nusa Tenggara, Borobudur temple of Central Java, Tanjung Lesung of Banten, Mandalika of West Nusa Tenggara, and Lake Toba of North Sumatra. (Translator: SC)