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Published on : Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Australia's ambassador to Indonesia Paul Grigson has stressed on the Federal Government's commitment to help boost tourism in Indonesia. Grigson said Australia would be providing funding through the World Bank for bringing up 10 new Balis.
Grigson had discussions regarding this with Indonesia's Maritime Affairs Minister, Luhut Pandjaitan, in Jakarta on Monday afternoon.
Grigson said, "We talked mainly about tourism and the master plans that we are funding through the World Bank to help Indonesia with its tourism plans. We are talking about how we might work with Indonesia on developing the 10 new Balis that the President [Joko Widodo] talks about." Indonesia is seeking a loan of $US180 million ($230 million) for developing three locations as new tourism hotspots and an additional $US570 million ($721 million) from the World Bank based on results. The three locations are Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara, and Borobudur temple site in Yogyakarta in Central Java.
The Indonesian Government wanted to increase international arrivals from 9 to 20 million between 2014 and 2019 and tourism from 4 per cent to 20 per cent of GDP over the same period. However, there were four main constraints for this, including poor infra structure and services, a limited tourism workforce, weak environment for private investment, and weak government agencies.
The Indonesian Government has also said, among others, it wanted Tanjun Lesung in Banten, the Thousand Islands near Jakarta, and Tanjung Kelayan in Belitung to be considered as Indonesia's next Bali-like destinations.