THE INDONESIA’S Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy is increasing collaboration with a number of ministries and institutions in an effort to improve Indonesia’s Travel & Tourism Development Index (TTDI) ranking, which is targeted to reach 29-34 in 2024.

According to the Deputy for Strategic Policy of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Nia Niscaya in the “Coordination Meeting for the Preparation of Cross-Ministry / Agency Action Plans in the Context of “Improving the Travel & Tourism Development Index (TTDI) Ranking” at the Royal Hotel Bogor, West Java, recently said, TTDI issued by the World Economic Forum (WEF) is a development of the TTCI (Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). Where TTDI plays a role in measuring the level of development and tourism development of a country which is published every two years periodically.

“In 2021, Indonesia managed to rank 32nd out of 117 countries. In this ranking, Indonesia achieved high achievements in 10 indicators, namely timeliness of providing travel & tourism data (rank 1), hotel price index (rank 1), visa requirements (rank 2), total known species (rank 2), and homicide cases (rank 6),” said Nia.

In addition, the number of terrestrial and freshwater ecoregions (ranked 6), airport connectivity (ranked 5), geographical dispersed tourism (ranked 8), travel & tourism government expenditure (ranked 8), and the number of top universities (ranked 9).

However, Nia continued, there are still a number of indicators and pillars that must be improved in the 2023 TTDI assessment and in the future, namely the pillars of tourist service infrastructure, health and hygiene, socioeconomic resilience and condition, environmental sustainability, and ICT Readiness. For this reason, this improvement is not impossible if it is orchestrated massively and hand in hand by various parties.

“In the 2020-2024 RPJMN (National Medium-Term Development Plan), Indonesia is targeted to rank 29-34 in TTDI,” she said.

Thus, through the meeting attended by representatives from 31 ministries/institutions, Nia continued, it is expected to be a mapping of 112 TTDI indicators which are divided into 79 secondary data sourced from WEF’s international partners and 33 primary data obtained through WEF’s Executive Opinion Survey.

Furthermore, Nia explained, based on the pattern of coordination carried out in the last two years, it is known that updating Indonesia’s secondary data in international partners and strengthening the image of Indonesia’s tourism development needs to be supported by strategic planning from Ministries / Institutions in the form of action plans.

“This action plan is a mapping of programs and activities in ministries/institutions that can support the improvement of Indonesia’s TTDI achievements. Thus, this meeting is expected to produce the expected output in the development of quality, inclusive, and sustainable tourism,” she remarked.

She added that one of the efforts taken by Tourism Ministry to improve Indonesia’s TTDI ranking was the launch of the National Tourism Development Index (IPKN). This IPKN aims to improve and develop tourism to all regions in Indonesia.

“But IPKN is still limited to the provincial level, not yet reaching the district/city level. So we need to collaborate with related ministries and institutions and local governments to improve Indonesia’s tourism development,” Nia concluded. []