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Digital adoption will boost tourist industry, govt says

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sun, July 7, 2019   /  01:56 pm
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Jumbo wash: An elephant sprays a tourist with water in Tangkahan, northern Sumatra. Local tourist spots, including those like Tangkahan that have seen success, must be willing to embrace digital tourism to avoid falling behind on the times.(Courtesy of Tangkahan Community Tour Operator/-)

To help the tourist industry develop digital tourism, the government has come up with programs that aim to strengthen human resources, Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said at a press conference Thursday.   “Under one of the programs, we will enrich the curriculum at schools for tourism by adding a digital competence course and upgrade the learning systems by developing infrastructure with digital devices,” he said. He said the government had also prepared a capacity-building program in the form of comprehensive training for about 10,000 students in the schools to enhance their digital competence and prepare them for the industry. A member of the digital curriculum preparation team from the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Wawan Dhewanto, said Indonesia, with the largest digital population in Southeast Asia, had a large number of digital-based travelers. &l...