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Published on : Monday, December 2, 2013
The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of Indonesia said strained relations between Indonesia and Australia over the spying allegations have not affected the country’s tourism sector, Indonesian news agency ANTARA reported.
“So far we do not see any impact on the tourism industry because we are focused on people-to-people connection,” Minister Mari Elka Pangestu said at the inauguration of the World Culture Forum (WCC) in Nusa Dua, Bali.
The recent wiretapping row between Indonesia and Australia had not affected visits of foreign tourists from Australia, said the minister.
“The governments of both countries are continuing to make efforts through diplomatic channels to overcome the problems we are facing together,” Mari said.
On Australia’s travel advisory to Indonesia, Mari said all countries have the right to protect its citizens.
“It is the right of a state. It (Australia) has issued similar advisories in the past,” said the former trade minister.
The Indonesian police have also guaranteed the protection of all foreign citizens visiting Indonesia, said Mari.
“The Police Chief has extended a guarantee on his part that the security of Australian tourists and those from other countries will be ensured,” she said.
Australia is one of the largest source of tourist markets to Indonesia.