THE Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno, reviewed the progress of the expansion of the terminal and supporting facilities at Manado’s Sam Ratulangi International Airport recently.

According to Sandiaga Uno, said I expressed and hope that with the almost threefold expansion of the Sam Ratulangi Airport terminal in Manado, this could be the beginning of the economic revival of North Sulawesi and Indonesian tourism. This is in line with the better handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, so that the transmission rate can continue to be reduced due to community discipline, testing, tracing, treatment, and vaccination.

“With this airport we want to show milestones or milestones that this infrastructure development will revive. We together will strive to make the completion of the expansion on time, on benefits, and on target. On time, on track and on budget,” Sandiaga Uno said.

Later, Sandiaga Uno continued, at Sam Ratulangi Airport a Creative Hub would be created which would become a storefront for the best Micro small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to provide opportunities for them to innovate. The best curated MSMEs products can work together with the Regency and Provincial Governments.

Meanwhile, General Manager of Sam Ratulangi Airport in Manado, Minggus Gandeguai, explained the progress of airport development which has reached 80%. To support tourism and the creative economy in North Sulawesi, later in the new terminal we will prepare a special location for the Tourism Information Center covering an area of 63 square meters. In addition, we have also prepared a Food Village space for MSMEs in North Sulawesi with an area of ​​129 square meters on the 1st floor of departure, which is a premium location.

“Later there will be two stages, and the MSMEs area. So it will be like at the airport in Bali, where every passenger arriving and departing will be able to see the best works of North Sulawesi. We will also digitize, not only in the showroom but also entering the marketplace with a QR Code,” he finished. [photo special]