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New tourism minister plans world-class events to lure more foreign tourists

  • Riza Roidila Mufti

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, October 24, 2019   /  04:18 pm
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Newly appointed Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio (left) and his predecessor, Arif Yahya, answer questions from journalists in Jakarta on Wednesday.(JP/Riza Roidila Mufti)

When Wishnutama Kusubandio was appointed as the Tourism and Creative Economy Minister, he was given a difficult but doable mission: Bring in many foreign tourists and make them spend much money in the country. There may be many ways to achieve this, such as promotional events abroad and improved transportation at home, so that more foreigners will come and enjoy the beauty of the country’s nature. However, there is another thing Wishnutama believes could be an effective driver to lure more tourists: creating world-class events such as major art festivals, musical performances, sport events and business gatherings, all of which could lure huge numbers of tourists. “There will be many events we can seriously pursue in the future and that could become massive pull factors to attract visitors,” Wishnutama in his speech at an event to mark the transfer of duty f...