THE MINISTRY of Tourism and Creative Economy held a meeting with the New Zealand (NZ) Ambassador to Indonesia, Kevin Burnett to discuss opportunities for cooperation in the tourism sector and the creative economy.

According to the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno in the 16th Floor Kemenparekraf Meeting Room, Jakarta, Tuesday (8/23) saying we are exploring opportunities for tourism and creative economy cooperation that can be carried out between Indonesia and New Zealand.

“The cooperation opportunities discussed include increasing flight frequency, strategies or steps to bring quality and environmentally sustainable tourism, sharing best practices with educational institutions between the two countries, digitalization, and marketing strategies to increase tourism awareness of the two countries,” he said.

Sandiaga explained, hopefully we can strengthen collaboration in developing tourism and the creative economy in both countries. And can help promote and deliver quality and sustainable tourism.

“New Zealand is one of the most strategic markets for tourism growth in Indonesia. According to Central Statistic Body (BPS) data, tourist arrivals from New Zealand in 2018 grew 14% or as many as 128,325 tourists visiting Indonesia. With a length of stay between 10 to 11 days,” he remarked.

Sandiaga added, if this opportunity can be exploited optimally, then Indonesia’s tourism and creative economy can rise and will encourage the creation of 1.1 million new and quality jobs. Because the tourism sector and the creative economy have become home to 40 million Indonesians.

On that occasion, Minister Sandiaga asked for support from the New Zealand side, to make the 2022 G20 Presidency a success led by Indonesia. The Ministry of Tourism itself has several G20 side events such as the World Conference on Creative Economy (WCCE) and World Tourism Day.

Meanwhile, New Zealand Ambassador to Indonesia Kevin Burnett expressed his gratitude for this valuable opportunity, so that the two countries can have a dialogue about collaboration opportunities in the tourism and creative economy sectors.

“Our borders have fully reopened to tourists on 31 July 2022. And we are in the stage of welcoming tourists to New Zealand. We hope to be able to rebuild tourism and the creative economy, which had slumped due to the pandemic, with the cooperation that we will do in the future,” Kevins concluded. []