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Vacation nation: Indonesia adds four more days to 2020 public holidays

  • Gisela Swaragita
    Gisela Swaragita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 10, 2020   /   07:42 am
Vacation nation: Indonesia adds four more days to 2020 public holidays The sun sets on Bintan Island. Indonesia has added four more days to its 2020 public holidays to boost domestic tourism. (Shutterstock/Heru Sukma Cahyanto)

Indonesia has decided to add four more days to the list of 2020 public holidays. In total, the country now has 24 days of national holiday or collective leave in the year. 

Previously, the government had set a total of 20 days of public holiday in 2020

Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy said the decision to add more days was to boost the Indonesian domestic economy, especially in tourism.

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The additional collective leave days are: 

  • May 28 and 29 (Thursday and Friday), for the celebration of Idul Fitri, which falls on May 24 and 25 (Sunday and Monday). The new arrangement will add to the three existing collective leave days of May 22, 26 and 27 (Friday, Tuesday and Wednesday).
  • Aug. 21 (Friday), for the celebration of the Islamic New Year, year 1442 by the Hijri calendar, which falls on Aug. 20 (Thursday).
  • Oct. 30 (Friday), for the celebration of the Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday, which falls on Oct. 29 (Thursday).

“More days off can also encourage the public to get to know Indonesia better [by taking a holiday]. Everyone can make the best of this opportunity,” Muhadjir told the press at the Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister’s office in Jakarta on Monday, adding that the new arrangements for the 2020 holidays and collective leave days were in accordance with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s wish to evaluate the previous decision. 

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The decision was released in tandem by the Religious Affairs Ministry, the Manpower Ministry and the Coordinating Human Development and Culture Ministry.

In response, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio said he was confident that the new arrangement for the 2020 public holidays would have a positive impact on domestic tourism.

“The [tourism] industry will have enough room to create more attractive holiday packages, especially for domestic tourists,” said Wishnutama in a statement on Monday. (gis)