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Executive column: Indonesia needs talent, internet connectivity to develop tourism industry

  • Adrian Wail Akhlas

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, October 14, 2019   /  10:19 am
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Sumba Hospitality Foundation from Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara, has been selected as one of the finalists in the 2019 Booking Booster, a social training for travel startup companies by online travel platform Booking.com.(Booking.com/File)

The tourist sector has become a new engine of economic growth amid slowing domestic spending and cooling exports, following heightened global economic turbulence. The government has set a plan to develop 10 super-prioritized tourist destinations, dubbed the new Balis, to support such a strategy. It also expects to welcome 20 million foreign tourists into the country. The Jakarta Post's Adrian Wail Akhlas sat down recently with Vikas Bhola, Booking.com’s regional director in South Asia Pacific, to learn about his perspectives on the rapidly growing travel industry in the region and in Indonesia. He shared his views about the country’s tourist industry and development, as well as his company’s strategy to benefit from the sector’s expansion as Booking.com aims to promote sustainable travel and boost Indonesia's tourism. Booking.com has b...