Published on : Tuesday, February 6, 2018
As per the latest data from the World Travel & Tourism Council or WTTC, travel and tourism has the capacity to produce 2.4 million new jobs in Indonesia. To the Indonesian GDP, the travel industry contributed 6.2%, a total of 770 trillion rupiah. Jakarta alone added 41% of tourism earnings to Indonesia.
To quote WTTC president & CEO Gloria Guevara, while speaking at the Panorama Mega Conference in Jakarta, “Travel & Tourism is an important contributor to Indonesia’s economy, accounting for over 6% of GDP. In addition, with foreign visitor spend contributing 220 trillion rupiah to the economy, Travel & Tourism accounted for over 55% of Indonesia’s service sector exports. I congratulate the government of President Widodo, in particular Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya, on their prioritization of and commitment to our industry. Thanks to their support for the Travel & Tourism sector, 2.4m new jobs will be created.”
President Widodo has created a grand target to lure over 20 million visitors in 2019, almost double that of 2016. Simultaneously, he also called for USD20 billion in investments in tourism to aid this fast growth. To nationals of more than 169 countries, in 2016, Indonesia introduced visa-free access, bringing up the country more to the world.
To quote Guevara, “Indonesia is a prime example of a government which is taking the right approach to tourism development with strategic investment to support sustainable growth and policies which facilitate travel. There is work still to be done, and partnership between the public-sector authorities and private sector enterprises is vital for the ambitious target. WTTC is delighted to support Indonesia’s travel sector in this endeavour.”
Previous to the conference, she organized a private meeting with Minister Yahya, to talk about various opportunities and concerns for the Travel & Tourism sector of Indonesia. Recently, the Pemuteran Bay Coral Protection Foundation in Bali has been selected for the WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Innovation Award, which will be offered at the forthcoming 18th WTTC Global Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 18 to 19 April 2018.