THE COORDINATING Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment revealed that it would present a number of international scale events in the Lake Toba area as an effort to attract tourist visits to one of the five super priority destinations.

This was conveyed by the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan after attending the 5th Semester II Super Priority Tourism Destination (DPSP) National Coordination Meeting with the theme “Proud of Traveling in Indonesia: Strengthening the Role of Tourism and the Creative Economy in Realizing Sustainable Development Goals” at The Toba Caldera, North Sumatra, Wednesday (12/21).

“The target (movement) of domestic tourists is 1.2-1.4 billion. We will increase it with more events in Toba where in February 2023 there will be F1H20 which we hope will trigger and spur (movement) of domestic tourists (to Lake Toba),” said Minister Luhut Panjaitan.

In addition, there are many other events that will be held in the Lake Toba area. So, to support the implementation of these events, Luhut said all the ministries had compiled several destination and infrastructure development programs which included 3A (Attractions, Access, and Amenities), tourist villages, creative economy infrastructure, waste management, tourism authority body (BOP) facilities, destination technical guidance, and DAK (special allocation fund) assessment assistance in the tourism sector.

“The three main achievements of the development of the five DPSPs in 2022 include strengthening accessibility and amenities in the form of physical infrastructure development in the form of roads, airports, ports, sanitation, clean water, and area arrangement by the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing. Then, ancillary development which includes the arrangement of asset management and utilization,” he said.

He also conveyed that the improvement in tourism performance in 2022 was supported by archipelago tourism activities with increased accommodation and food and drink growth, as well as mobility above the January 2022 baseline. The Indonesian economy is estimated to be able to grow above 5% in 2023. So, this can encourage an increase in national tourist visits abroad.

“For the development of the five DPSPs, now we will hold a meeting in Jakarta. All investors and mining investors must pay attention to environmental aspects. Second, he must foster regional and all-Indonesian Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), especially the 5 DPSPs. The third problem is cleanliness, dirty is useless these are important,” Luhut concluded.

The meeting was attended by the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno, Minister of National Development Planning/Head of Bappenas, Suharso Monoarfa; and Minister of PAN-RB, Abdullah Azwar Anas. []