Published on : Wednesday, October 25, 2017
The Indonesian Ministry of Tourism held a coordination meeting with the Sarawak government, Malaysia, to optimize events in border areas for achieving the target of attracting foreign tourists in 2017.
Head of Promotion of Cultural Tourism at the Ministry of Tourism Ni Putu Gayatri said, “To optimize events in border areas, we involve various parties, such as the Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in Kuching, the border provincial tourism office, the tourism office of the district or city in the border region, and the government of Sarawak.”
Gayatri said that the development in border areas has become one of the priorities of President Joko Widodos administration.
The Ministry of Tourism continues to promote cross-border tourism for creating new destinations. One of the efforts is holding a coordination meeting at the Imperial Hotel, Kuching, Malaysia, on October 23, 2017. Gayatri said that the coordination meeting was aimed at aligning the vision and mission of all stakeholders involved in promoting border tourism.
Gayatri said Indonesia’s border region holds vast potential with its splendid natural beauty, cultures and culinary delicacies. In addition, tourism can be one of the means to improve the economy of the community. In 2016, some two million tourists from border areas had visited Indonesia. In 2017, the number of foreign tourists is targeted to increase to 2.5 million, while in 2018, the target would be 3.146 million.
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