THE INDONESIA’S Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy proposes an additional indicative ceiling of IDR3,052,364,852,000 for fiscal year 2025 to present programs capable of developing and promoting the tourism and creative economy sectors in Indonesia.

Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno, in a working meeting with the Commission for National Development / Head of the National Development Planning Agency and Minister of Finance No. S-346/MK.02/2024 and B-201/D.8/PP.04.03/04/2024 dated April 5, 2024 on the Indicative Expenditure Ceilings for Ministries/Agencies and Special Allocation Fund for FY 2025, namely IDR1,798,347,951,000.

“We hope that this can be fought for to improve our tourism and creative economy sector. The proposal of this additional budget is very important for Indonesia’s tourism and creative economy sector. Moreover, there are a number of proud achievements of Indonesia’s tourism and creative economy sector,” said Sandiaga.

Among them is Indonesia’s Travel Tourism Development Index (TTDI) according to the World Economic Forum (WEF), which rose 10 places from 32nd to 22nd in the world. In addition, Indonesia was again ranked as the top Muslim-friendly destination in the Mastercard Crescent Rating Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) for 2024.

“I have a good impression of the request for an additional (budget) and my colleagues in the DPR Budget Agency will fight, in the end this will end well for everyone. We will immediately write a letter and further increase the priority scale of this request for an additional budget,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Angela Tanoesoedibjo, explained that the set budget figure has indeed decreased by 49.96% from the budget ceiling for 2024, namely IDR3,534,132,141,000. Apart from that, this additional budget proposal was submitted as an effort to monitor the draft Government Work Plan (RKP) 2025, in which the tourism and creative economy sector is directed as an economic transformation development agenda.

“In this way, the target indicators for achieving 2025, namely increasing economic growth by 5.3-5.6%, can be realized. In addition, the target for tourism and creative economy development in 2025 is to increase the tourism GDP (Gross Domestic Product) percentage by 4.6%, achieving tourism foreign exchange value of US$22.1 billion, and increasing the share of creative economy GDP to 7.92%,” Angela remarked.

Moreover, this received a positive response from the Vice Chair of Commission X DPR RI, Agustina Wilujeng Pramestuti as chair of the meeting. According to her, this additional budget must be proposed to develop Indonesia’s creative and creative sector into a quality and sustainable creative tourism sector.

“We are trying together, and therefore we urge the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy to re-submit this additional budget in an internal government meeting. So that it can be included in the temporary ceiling proposal,” concluded Agustina. []