THE MINISTRY of Tourism and Creative Economy said that the number of visits by foreign tourists from Australia and India has the potential to increase in 2024.

According to the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno in The Weekly Press Briefing at the Sapta Pesona Building, Jakarta, Monday (02/26), 2024, his party sees this as an effort to attract more tourist visits from Australia and India on 19-22 February 2024 which are in the first and second positions respectively as countries contributing foreign tourists to Indonesia.

“Indonesia still has the opportunity to improve the quality of foreign tourist visits. This must be pursued with an extra ordinary strategy so that foreign tourists can fill the available seat capacity, and must be encouraged with more direct flight facilities and a visa policy that is friendlier to foreign tourists,” he said.

Sandiaga explained that one of the efforts to increase the number of foreign tourists is to increase the number of seat capacity from origination. In Australia recently, he met with Flight Center Australia, to encourage the opening of new destination packages to 5 super priority destinations (DSP) (Bali Add-On Destination).

After that, the Minister of Creative Economy explored cooperation in sustainable tourism and destination market education “Beyond Bali” as well as socializing the Bali Tax Levy policy.

“Then we met at the Bloomberg Roundtable Meeting, regarding the development of super priority destinations (DSP) and special economic zones (KEK). Gathering at Surau Sydney Australia and promoting Indonesian food,” he remarked.

After visiting Australia, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga immediately flew to New Delhi, India to attend the Raisina Dialogue as a speaker with the theme “Emerging Technologies: A Panacea for the SDGs”. Then he also attended the Bloomberg Roundtable Discussion which discussed tourism investment and the creative economy, especially the E-Sports industry.

“After that, we were present at South Asia’s Travel & Tourism Exchange 2024, to inaugurate the Wonderful Indonesia Pavilion which raises the concept of sustainable tourism, a collaboration with DusDukDuk and Rumah Atsiri Indonesia, with potential transactions of IDR114 billion and potential foreign tourists reaching 42,546 pax,” he concluded. []