Indonesia: Global recession prompts Tourism Ministry to adjust tourism strategy

 Friday, January 27, 2023 


In anticipation of a global recession this year, Indonesia’s Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry will adjust the focus of the foreign tourist market to countries that are big markets, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno said.

“Currently, the countries whose tourist visits to Indonesia are showing great increase are India, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as Malaysia and Singapore,” he informed.

“Three countries, those being the United States, China, and European countries, as global economic locomotives, have been (predicted) to face recession; thus, their economies will slow down. The threat of recession is expected to affect some countries, which are Indonesian foreign tourist markets,” the minister noted on Tuesday.

The focus will also be shifted to the domestic tourist market with consistent improvement of services such as culinary tours, shopping tours, and tourist villages.

The Minister believes that domestic tourist market has the potential of becoming backbone of the tourism industry.

“Indonesia will still grow by around five percent; of course, we must focus on encouraging domestic tourist dynamics to reach the target of 1.2 billion to 1.4 billion. We will fully encourage the domestic tourist dynamics,” he affirmed.

Minister Uno said that there has been an increase in activity following the lifting of activity restrictions some time ago, despite the looming threat of recession and as such he is confident that Indonesia still has promising economic prospects.

“Moreover, the tourism and creative economy sectors will create 1.1 million new jobs and 4.4 million (good) quality jobs in 2024, which will certainly improve Indonesia’s economy,” he added.

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