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S. Kalimantan looks to tourism to replace mining in driving economy 

  • Riza Roidila Mufti
    Riza Roidila Mufti

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, November 4, 2019   /  06:26 pm
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Deputy South Kalimantan Governor Rudy Resnawan talks to the press on Monday.(JP/Riza Roidila Mufti)

South Kalimantan is pinning high hopes on its tourism sector in the future as a replacement for the mining sector as the province’s core economic driver.  Deputy South Kalimantan Governor Rudy Resnawan said on Monday that the mining sector contributed 31 percent to the regional GDP in 2018, while tourism’s contribution stood at 20 percent. "Mining is an unrenewable natural resource and someday it will be gone. What will we do when it’s gone? Tourism is the most promising sector to be developed for now to replace mining, especially since we actually have the potential in tourism as long as it can be managed better,” Rudy told the press on the sidelines of South Kalimantan’s 2020 Calendar of Events launch in Jakarta. Rudy hopes that tourism’s contribution could amount to 60 percent of South Kalimantan’s GDP.   However, he...