THE INDONESIA’S Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy invited a number of ambassadors who are members of the European Union (EU) to discuss synergies in the tourism and creative economy sectors with Indonesia.

According to the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno, said that we invited 19 Ambassadors who are members of the European Union to attend the meeting which took place at the Soesilo Soedarman Hall, Sapta Pesona Building, Jakarta, Thursday (10/14) to discuss several things, including development quality and sustainable tourism based on nature and culture. Then the reopening of international flights at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport.

“Then, regarding the quarantine for diplomats and international visitors, domestic travel for children under 12 years old, the application of the PeduliLindung application, as well as data on creative economy transfers. It is an honor for us to have a meeting with the ambassadors of the European Union members,” said Minister Sandiaga.

He explained that this meeting needs to be held because the tourism and creative economy sectors are one of the sectors that make a big contribution to the country’s GDP. Before the pandemic, the tourism sector’s foreign exchange was in second place after oil and gas. Therefore, Menparekraf Sandiaga targets that in 2022 the tourism foreign exchange value and tourism GDP contribution must be further increased.

“The pandemic provides new perspectives on tourism and the creative economy. That the development of quality and sustainable tourism is the main focus, because now it is no longer numbers oriented or quantity, but how to provide a quality and memorable experience for tourists, as well as contribute to the local community,” Sandiaga stated.

Sandiaga added that the way to see how the quality of tourists is is based on two things, first the length of stay and secondly the power of buying local products which have an impact on local communities.

Meanwhile, in terms of the creative economy, Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria, Petar Dimitrov Andonov said that his party has a program to support the development of the creative economy sector. The program starts in 2021-2027 with a budget of 2.4 billion Euros.

“So, we want to offer cooperation with Indonesia to increase competitiveness, one of which is data transfer in the creative economy sector,” he said.

Minister Sandiaga also welcomed the proposal for cooperation. As is known, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy targets to increase the export value of creative economy products to IDR 16.83 trillion in 2022, especially since Indonesia is ranked third in the world for the creative economy after America with Hollywood and South Korea with K-Pop.

Those present at the meeting included the Ambassador of the European Union to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam, Vincent Piket; Ambassador of France, Olivier Chambard; Ambassador Designate of the Federal Republic of Germany, Ina Ruth Luise Lepel; Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia, Nebojsa Koharovic; Ambassador of Finland, Jari Sinkari; Ambassador of Romania, Dan Adrian Balanescu; Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria, Petar Dimitrov Andonov; Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Lambertus Christiaan Grijns; Ambassador of Italy, Benedetto Latteri; Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic, Apostolos Baltas.

In addition, there is the Ambassador of Ireland, Padraig Francis; Ambassador of the Republic of Poland, Beata Stoczyńska; Ambassador of Sweden, Marina Berg; Ambassador of the Czech Republic, Jaroslav Doleček; Charge d’affaires a.i. of the Embassy of Portugal, Emanuel Bernardes Joaquim; Deputy Ambassador of Austrian Embassy, ​​Philipp Roessl; Deputy Ambassador of the Royal Danish Embassy, ​​Soren Bidensboll; Deputy Ambassador of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium, Anne Martha Coutteel; and Deputy Ambassador of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Spain, Maria Prada Gonzalez. [