Jakarta, IORA – On Sunday (5/3), Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said that investment in 10 prioritized tourism destinations will be offered to investors from IORA member states attending IORA Summit in Jakarta from Sunday to Tuesday (March 5 – 7, 2017).
“Indonesia has a target to achieve 20 million foreign tourists by 2019. To achieve it, Indonesian Government has issued a number of regulations to facilitate the investors,” he said.
Some examples of the policies are Visa Free for Short Visit (BKVS) given to 169 countries and easier entry permits for yachts and cruises to Indonesian waters by revoking the Clearance Approval for Indonesian Territory (CAIT).
At the moment, Indonesia has been working to develop 10 prioritized tourism destinations namely Lake Toba (North Sumatera); Tanjung Lesung (Banten); Thousand Islands (Jakarta); Borobodur (Central Java); Bromo Tengger Semeru (East Java); Mandalika (Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara); Labuan Bajo (Flores, West Nusa Tenggara); Wakatobi (Southeast Sulawesi) and Morotai (Maluku).
Tourism Ministry Arief Yahya also presented air connectivity program to increase “seat capacity” to achieve the target of 20 million foreign tourists in 2019.
“Air connectivity is vital for supporting tourism, considering that approximately 75% of foreign tourists use air transportation to go to Indonesia. Therefore, availability of flight seats becomes the key to reach the target in 2019,” the Minister said.
Arief Yahya, as Vice Person in Charge for Media and Public Relations Division in the National Organizing Committee of IORA Summit 2017 says that the IORA Summit 2017 is very strategic since it is attended by the heads of state from 21 member states and 7 dialog partners. This event will be opened officially by the President of the Republic of Indonesia Joko Widodo.
The IORA Summit 2017 that features a theme "Strengthening Maritime Cooperation for a Peaceful, Stable & Prosperous Indian Ocean", is the first summit to commemorate 20 years of IORA, under the Chairmanship of Indonesia during 2015 – 2017.
The Summit discusses a number of priority issues such as maritime safety and security; trade and investment facilities; management of fishery, risk disaster management; academic, science and technology cooperation; as well as tourism and culture exchange cooperation.
Arief Yahya will be one of the panelists at the IORA Business Forum on March 6, 2017 presenting Indonesia’s tourism cooperation with the member states and dialog partners.
In his presentation, featuring a theme “Enhancing Tourism and Connectivity through Improvement in Infrastructure", the Minister will explain about Indonesia’s prospective in developing tourism and connectivity through a continuous and just infrastructure development all over the archipelago, including 10 prioritized tourism destinations that will be developed as “the New Bali”. (Translator: Anne Angeline/MIA)