BPS to put creative industry in tourism survey
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The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) plans to add more components to tourism-related data such as destination development and the creative-industry sector in order to better measure tourism in Indonesia.
The agency will collaborate with the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry to provide the data in the future.
“Demand for data on tourism activities and the creative economy is getting stronger due to Indonesia’s economic development. Thus, BPS and the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry will strengthen our collaboration in this sector,” Suryamin, the agency head, said in Jakarta on Wednesday.
He said both parties would set aside at least Rp 4 billion (US$419,176) to conduct more surveys in the sector.
Minister Mari Elka Pangestu said the BPS would provide more comprehensive data on tourism development in 16 strategic national tourism locations, or KSPN. “We realize that it will take quite a lot of time to compile more comprehensive data on tourism for Indonesia. But, at least, we can work on 16 KSPN destinations in the first phase,” Mari said.
Besides Bali, other KSPN locations include Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Pangandaran in West Java, Borobudur in Central Java, Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park in East Java, Lombok including Mt. Rinjani in West Nusa Tenggara, Flores in East Nusatenggara, Wakatobi in Southeast Sulawesi, Toraja in South Sulawesi and Derawan in East Kalimantan.
“By having more data, we can measure the multiplier effect of tourism and creative economy sector for the people,” she said.