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Stop discussing halal tourism in Lake Toba: Minister

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

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Toba Samosir, North Sumatra   /   Thu, September 12, 2019   /  11:22 am
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President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (left, in float) and First Lady Iriana wave to spectators during the Wonderful Lake Toba Independence Carnival parade in Balige, Toba Samosir, North Sumatra in 2016.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

A government minister has asked all relevant parties to stop making a fuss over the issue of halal tourism at Lake Toba, one of Indonesia's “New Bali” tourist destinations. Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Panjaitan, who has championed the tourism destination, said people should focus more on the development of the lake. “There is no need to make a fuss anymore. Come on, there are more important jobs to do rather than to only talk about it [halal tourism],” Luhut said during his visit to Laguboti, Toba Samosir regency, North Sumatra, last week. Luhut appealed for an end to the debate especially because North Sumatra Governor Edy Rahmayadi had dropped the idea. “[The governor] does not want to talk about halal tourism in Lake Toba anymore. It is better if we talk about how tourists come to Lake Toba so that the locals can prosper,”...