Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Tourism Minister Arief Yahya has projected that the tourism sector will contribute US$17.6-18 billion to the national economy, well above foreign exchange earnings from crude palm oil (CPO), which is now the country’s largest foreign exchange earner.
The number of tourist arrivals in the country is projected to reach 18 million by the end of 2019, he said after swearing in administrative officials, supervisory officials, functional officials and officials of the authority boards at the ministry in Jakarta on Tuesday (14/5/2019).
“I informed President Joko Widodo of this figure when he asked me about the tourism projections for this year,” he said.
The projection of 18 million tourist arrivals represents a two-fold increase over the past five years, although it falls short of the target of 20 million for this year, he said.
“When I assumed the post of tourism minister in 2015, the number of tourist arrivals was 9 million. The figure increased two-fold to 18 million in the past five years,” he said.
The government has projected that foreign exchange earnings from the tourism sector will reach US$17.6 billion-US$18 billion this year. The figure surpassed foreign exchange earnings from crude palm oil (CPO), which were listed as the country’s largest exchange earner last year.
Foreign exchange earnings from the tourism sector were equal to those of CPO, when the number of tourist arrivals reached 16.4 million last year, with foreign exchange earnings recorded at US$16.1 billion.
The minister said the ministry will cooperate with tourism stakeholders to carry out four programs to achieve the target of 18 million tourist arrivals. The four programs include border tourism, hot deals, tourism hubs, and LCC Terminal.
“Through the border tourism program, we target (the number of tourist arrivals) to reach 3.4 million. Last year it stood at 18 percent, and is projected to increase to 20 percent of the target ot tourist arrivals this year,” he said.
The hot deal program offers huge discounts during low season and is expected to contribute 2 million-2.5 million tourist arrivals.
“Through the hot deal program last year, we managed to sell 700,000 pax, with the largest share of 20 percent coming from Riau Islands,” he said.
To implement the tourism hub program, the ministry is cooperating with Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. “This program is a solution for direct flights, which are difficult to find and take a relatively long time,” he said. (han)
INDIVIDUALS WHO ANNEXED RIAU NATIONAL PARK LAND IDENTIFIED
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)
MOST FOREIGN TOURISTS TO INDONESIA FROM MALAYSIA : BPS
Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – The most number of foreign tourists visiting Indonesia from January to June 2019 were from Malaysia, the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) revealed on Thursday (1/8/2019).
During the period, 1.60 million Malaysian tourists or equivalent to 20.47 percent of foreign visitors had arrived in Indonesia.
Following Malaysia, the second country who contributed to foreign tourist arrivals to Indonesia was China.
The agency recorded 1.05 million Chinese tourists — or equivalent to 13.43 percent — had visited the country since early to mid-2019.
Beside Malaysia and China, other countries such as Singapore, Timor Leste, and Australia were also listed as five countries with large contributions to Indonesia’s foreign tourist arrivals.
From January to June 2019, 925.8 thousand Singaporean visitors landed in Indonesia, followed by Timor Leste with 608.5 thousand, and Australia with 607.2 thousand.
Per June this year, the agency announced that the number of foreign tourist arrivals to Indonesia rose by 9.94 percent, as against June 2018.
Furthermore, the number of foreign tourists in Indonesia also increased from 7.53 million people between January and June 2018, to 7.83 million visitors during the same months this year. (mhs)
MINISTRY OF TOURISM PREPARES PLAN ON SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE IN MANDEH
Greatindonesia.co.id, Painan – The Ministry of Tourism will soon prepare a master plan for the development of the Ameh Hill Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in the Integrated Marine Tourism Area of Mandeh in Pesisir Selatan District, West Sumatra.
“Monday (July 8) the meeting on the opening of the event will be held in Jakarta,” Head of the Pesisir Selatan Tourism, Youth and Sports office, Hadi Susilo, said in Painan, Sunday (7/7/2019).
For a thorough discussion, the meeting was not only attended by the ministry’s officials but also those from the local district government.
In addition, District Head of Pesisir Selatan, Hendrajoni, Assistant of Government and People’s Welfare, Muskamal, Head of Transportation Office, Gunawan, Head of Public Works and Spatial Planning, Era Sukma Munaf, Head of Public Relations and Protocol, Rinaldi and others were present in the event.
Also present were Deputy for Tourism Destination Development, Assistant Deputy for Infrastructure and Ecosystems, Assistant Deputy for Regional Tourism Destination Development, Assistant Deputy for Tourism Investment and Head of Tourism Destination Development Planning.
According to him, the master plan for development is a basic requirement in accelerating efforts to realize SEZ in the marine tourism object.
Previously, Pesisir Selatan District Head Hendrajoni said that in addition to the development master plan, the central government would also assist in preparing the project.
Assistance from the central government, he continued, is a form of concern for the development of the world of tourism in the local area which is expected to be able to increase local revenue and boost the growth of the local economy.
After all is completed, it will then be reported to the president and if all documents are complete, the presidential regulation regarding SEZ will be issued.
Encouraging the acceleration of KEK Mandeh, the district government will strive to realize land acquisition on the site.
Next is that a road to the location will also be built so that everything will run without overlapping.
According to the District Head, a four-kilometer road to KEK Mandeh will be built with a width of 20 meters.
In addition, he also continues to promote the SEZ area to investors both at home and abroad in the hope that when all is done immediately there are third parties that will manage it. (mik)
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