THE MINISTRY of Tourism and Creative Economy will strive to organize world-class events presented in 5 Super Priority Tourism Destinations (DPSP) in 2024 through the support of the Indonesia Tourism Fund (ITF).

This effort was made thanks to the success of the MotoGP international racing event which was able to provide added value to Indonesia amounting to IDR4.5 trillion in 2022. Meanwhile, until October 2023, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) was the province with the highest movement of domestic tourists.

According to the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno at the “National Coordination Meeting for the Acceleration of Development of 5 DPSP Semester II, 2023” at the Golo Mori Convention Center, Labuan Bajo, Wednesday (12.6), 2023, explained that this has increasingly given us enthusiasm to hold the event in 2024 with support from the Indonesia Tourism Fund.

“It is projected that the funds that will be released through the Indonesia Tourism Fund to support the tourism sector and creative economy could reach IDR2 trillion every year. And this will be further coordinated with the Ministry of Finance,” he said.

Sandiaga explained that of course the events that will be presented will be curated first so that the selected events will really have a real impact on the Indonesian economy, especially the welfare of local communities and create job opportunities.

Then, the issue of interconnectivity was also discussed in the National Coordination Meeting for the Acceleration of Development of 5 DPSP Semester 2023. Coordinating Minister for Marves Ad Interim, Erick Tohir also gave directions to increase connectivity with a focus on 13 airports which will become hubs for increasing the number of tourists.

“Including Komodo International Airport in Labuan Bajo with a target of 12-15 million foreign tourists in 2024. An additional budget of IDR1.2 trillion to complete development at 5 DPSPs before the end of President Joko Widodo’s administration in 2024,” Sandiaga remarked.

He added that he hopes that tourism and the creative economy can become a locomotive and replace the extractive economy. Where the target is to reach above 10-12% in 2030-2045 in line with the transformation of the Indonesian economy towards a green economy.

Meanwhile, the Ad Interim Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Erick Tohir, added that President Joko Widodo has a vision to grow Indonesian tourism, so that the Indonesian economy does not depend on the mining sector.

The mining sector still holds the first position as the largest contributor to Indonesia’s GDP in 2022. It is recorded that Indonesia’s GDP in 2022 will reach IDR19,588 trillion. Where 12.2% comes from the mining sector or the equivalent of IDR2,393 trillion. Meanwhile, the tourism sector was 3.6 percent or IDR705 trillion.

“If we look at several countries that have started to shift, such as the UAE (United Arab Emirates), Saudi Arabia, which previously depended on oil is now turning to tourism. This means that Indonesia can do it too,” Erick stated.

According to Erick, Indonesia has a rich ethnic culture and extraordinary natural beauty. Supported by the Indonesian people who are known for their hospitality.

Tourism is also the biggest supporter of opening jobs and growing Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). So, this is a joint commitment to make tourism in the future a locomotive of national economic growth.

“This is why future national economic growth will not only depend on natural resources but of course tourism, creative industries and the digital economy are things that we are pushing together,” concluded Erick. []