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Assessing merger of tourism, creative industries

  • Latifah Fitriyanti

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Jakarta   /   Thu, November 28, 2019   /  11:06 am
Assessing merger of tourism, creative industries The shift to reintegrate the management of the two fields when they were previously separated under two bodies in the previous Cabinet — namely the Tourism Ministry and the Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf) — raises questions about the possible outcomes of the reintegration. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

The decision to again place tourism and creative industries under a single ministry has sparked public debate. The government says that the merger into the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry is necessarily because of the similarities between the two fields, particularly in that both sectors benefit from creativity. However, its critics say that combining the two may inhibit the development of the creative industries, which contributed 7 percent to gross domestic product (GDP) in 2015, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS). They say that merging the two fields under a single management source oversimplifies the complexities of the creative industries, which have 16 subsectors. Indeed, since its rise to prominence in the 1990s, the creative industries have faced issues related not only to their definition and scope but also policy treatment in their development. Hence, the sh...

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