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INDONESIA AIMS TO RANK FIRST IN GLOBAL HALAL TOURISM

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Tourism Minister, Arief Yahya.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Indonesia is expected to rank first in terms of global halal tourism and as a Muslim tourist-friendly destination, according to the Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) in 2019.

Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said on Thursday (14/2/2019) that Indonesia targeted to take the lead in the world`s halal tourist destinations this year, owing to its halal tourism growth.

“Our halal tourism growth is projected to reach an all-time high of around 42 percent this year,” he stated.

For its part, the Tourism Ministry has set the target of halal tourist arrivals in the country for this year at 5 million, up 42 percent from 3.5 million a year earlier, he noted.

“The target of 5 million halal tourist arrivals makes up 25 percent of the target of overall tourist arrivals for this year at 20 million,” he added.

To achieve the target, the ministry will use Indonesia Muslim Travel Index (IMTI) as a work standard to develop the country`s halal tourism in pursuit of first place in GMTI 2019 to be announced in April 2019, he remarked.

“We have IMTI 2019, which adopts GMTI standards to emerge as the best halal tourist destination in GMTI 2019,” he explained.

Yahya noted that the development of halal tourism in the country has so far referred to GMTI 2019, which applies 14 components in the criteria of ACES (Access, Communications, Environment, and Services) with different scores.

Access has a score of 10 percent, Communications 15 percent, Environment 30 percent, and Services 45 percent.

“In total, nearly 90 percent is service components and 10 percent is halal component. We strive to increase all the components through IMTI,” he revealed.

He expressed hope that Indonesia will be the best after the country and United Arab Emirates finished second last year, with a score of 72.8 out of 100.

Malaysia remains atop as the best halal tourist destination in the world, according to GMTI. (han)

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MINISTER HOPEFUL OF FOREX REVENUE FROM TOURISM TO REACH TARGET

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Tourism Minister, Arief Yahya.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Tourism Minister Arief Yahya is optimistic that foreign exchange earnings from the tourism sector this year will meet the government-set target of US$20 billion.

Foreign exchange earnings from tourism stood at $19.29 billion in 2018 so the figure will most likely increase to $20 billion in 2019, he said in Jakarta Monday (9/9/2019). The tourism industry was yet to fully recover from a series of natural disasters that engulfed several parts of the country since 2017 including the eruption of Mount Agung in Bali, earthquakes in Lombok Island and tsunami in Sunda Strait, he acknowledged

They had begun to recover early 2018 after Mount Agung erupted in September 2017. However, a string of incidents including a bomb attack in Surabaya in May 2018 and earthquakes in Rinjani and Lombok in July and August 2018 hit the industry again, he said.

It was again affected after a powerful earthquake and a subsequent tsunami devastated parts of Palu city in Central Sulawesi province in September 2018 and a Lion Air plane crashed into the waters off West Java’s northern coast.

To make matters worse, the East Nusa Tenggara provincial government announced plans to close the Komodo National Park and a tsunami engulfed the coastal areas in Banten and Lampung provinces at the turn of last year.

As a result of the natural disasters, the number of tourist arrivals fell by one million in 2017 and 1.2 million in 2018, he said.

The number of tourist arrivals would drop by two million in 2019, he predicted.

“With the decline in the number of tourist arrivals, we will lose $2 billion in foreign exchange earnings,” he said. (aij)

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MINISTER INAUGURATES DIGITAL TOURIST MAKER IN LAKE CANGKUANG

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Tourism Minister, Arief Yahya.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Garut – Tourism Minister, Arief Yahya, inaugurated the Digital Tourist Market of Lake Cangkuang in Leles Subdistrict, Garut District of West Java, which is expected to lead to an increase in the number of tourists visiting the region.

“Millennials need a tourist destination which is attractive when captured on camera,” Yahya said here on Monday (2/9/2019).

According to the minister, millennials would need a tourist destination, which is well-designed.
Garut District Head, Rudy Gunawan, said Lake Cangkuang is an interesting place to take selfies. It also has a historical site such as the Cangkuang Temple and a customary village, Kampung Pulo.

“Lake Cangkuang is quite a complete tourist destination. In addition to its natural beauty, we can learn about history, take good pictures and eat good food,” he said.

Previously, Garut inaugurated two other digital tourist destinations in Lake Bagendit in Banyuresmi Subdistrict and Dayeuh Manggung in Cilawu Subdistrict. (frp)

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INDIVIDUALS WHO ANNEXED RIAU NATIONAL PARK LAND IDENTIFIED

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Minister of Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Pekanbaru, Riau – The Environment and Forestry Ministry has identified individuals who allegedly annexed thousands of hectares of land within the Tesso Nilo National Park (TNTN) area. “We have the map of who has annexed three hectares (of the national park) and who has 3,000 hectares,” Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya told journalists in Pelalawan District Tuesday (13/8/2019).

The minister stated this after monitoring the land and forest fire in Riau, in the company of the Indonesian Military Chief Air Chief Marchall Hadi Tjahjanto, the Indonesian Police Chief, Gen. Tito Karnavian, and head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Lt. Gen Doni Monardo.

The group took off from Roesmin Nurjadin Air Base in Pekanbaru and monitored the land and forest fire in Pelalawan and around the Tesso Nilo National Park.

The forest fire in the national park was intentional as she could see some zones drawn by certain groups in the conservation area, Nurbaya said.

Responding to the problem, the government and the police would take stern legal measures. “The main aspect is law enforcement,” she stressed.

The Tesso Nilo National Park is a conservation forest, a home for the Sumatran endemic elephant (Elephas maximus sumatranus).

The TNTN area was extended in 2009 to 83,068 hectares, from only 38,576 hectares in 2004, by including limited production forest in its surrounding.

However, massive illegal encroachment of the conservation area has changed its landscape into palm oil plantations. (juw)

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