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Govt ponders incentives for Indonesian restaurants abroad

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 30 2011   /  10:00 am

Following the West Sumatran dish rendang being dubbed as one of the world’s most delicious foods by CNN’s travel guide, the government is considering providing Indonesian restaurants abroad with incentives.

“Culinary art is a strategic entry point to sell more about Indonesia, and it starts from restaurants,” Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Mari Elka Pangestu said in Jakarta on Thursday.

As a first step, the ministry is going to list Indonesian restaurants abroad to learn about the business, identify problems and perhaps come up with solutions, Mari said.

The Indonesia Hotels and Restaurants Association (PHRI) welcomed the ministry’s intention, saying that incentives for restaurant entrepreneurs were necessary and similar efforts had been implemented by other countries.

PHRI executive director Cyprianus Aoer said that the Thai government had gi...