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Discourse: MICE tourism: RI competitive but needs at least five years

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 23 2012   /  08:50 am

Blessed with beautiful nature, a rich history and a diverse culture, Indonesia can make tourism one of the main drivers of the nation’s economy. However, the government still has a lot of homework to do to improve the necessary infrastructure and human resources. Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Mari Elka Pangestu talked to The Jakarta Post about her plans to develop this sector. Here are excerpts:

Question: What are your strategies to develop the tourism and creative economy sector?

Answer: We have the 2009 Tourism Law, and the Master Plan for National Tourism Development [Ripparnas] and 2009 presidential instruction No. 6 for creative economy development. We know that we have to connect both of the blueprints.

For Ripparnas itself, we have a detailed plan, over 200 pages, on tourism areas we want to improve. We have identified 200 tourist attractions and 8...