THE INDONESIAN Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry made a working visit to Australia, one of which was to meet with tourism and creative economy (parekraf) industry players in that country in an effort to strengthen cooperation in the tourism and creative economy sector as well as boost foreign tourist visits to Indonesia.

According to the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno, in his statement, Tuesday (02/20), 2024, said we are working with the tourism industry and creative economy in Australia, one of which is the Flight Center to target increasing foreign tourist visits from Australia.

Flight Center Travel Group is one of the largest travel agents in Australia. During the meeting, Minister Sandiaga discussed various potential collaborations including promotions which are expected to increase interest in visiting foreign tourists from Australia.

Australia is one of the main markets for foreign tourists to Indonesia and it is hoped that the increase in visits by Australian tourists will strengthen the achievement of the target for foreign tourist visits in 2024 of 14.3 million visits.

“The visit of Australian tourists is especially in line with the target of improving the quality and sustainability of our tourism and creative sector. It is hoped that there will be closer cooperation between Indonesia and Australia,” said Sandiaga.

During the working visit, Sandiaga was also present at the investor round table discussion facilitated by Bloomberg. Sandiaga noted that many Australian investors wanted to know about Indonesia’s economic and political situation after the election.

“We say that all situations are conducive and there is more optimism for the sustainability of Indonesia’s development in the future,” he remarked.

In the afternoon, Sandiaga inspected and directly monitored the Indonesia Spice Up the World program by visiting several Indonesian restaurants in Sydney. These include Garam Merica and The Sambal.

“We want to promote more creative economy products so they can be displayed here. Later we will further develop several cooperation steps with the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy so that we can increase the economic impact,” concluded Sandiaga. []