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Jakarta Post

President gives full support to tourism

  • Panca Nugraha

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 7 2009   /  01:38 pm

President Soesilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Monday launched the Visit Lombok Sumbawa 2012 program in Senggigi, West Lombok, in a bid to turn West Nusa Tenggara into a leading tourist destination in the country. Also in attendance at the ceremony, held at the Shantosa Resort, were Cultural and Tourism Minister Jero Wacik, Fishery and Maritime Affairs Minister Freddy Numbery, Industrial, Trade Minister Marie Elka Pangestu, West Nusa Tenggara Governor Zainul Majdi, provincial officials, regents, mayors, tour operators and other guests. In his keynote speech, Yudho-yono said the government fully supported the Visit Lombok Sumbawa 2012 program. "Improvement in the tourism sector could spur economic growth in general. One potential area for growth, that must be promoted domestically and overseas, is Lombok and Sumbawa," he said. The role of tourism as a contributor to the count...