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Jakarta Post

Sandiaga vows to revive ‘super-priority’ destinations

  • Norman Harsono


Jakarta   /   Thu, December 31 2020   /  01:00 am
Outgoing Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio (left) passes on his duties to newly-appointed Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno during a ceremony in Jakarta on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020 in this screen grab of the livestreamed event.(Courtesy of Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry/-)

Recently installed Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno has pledged to focus on reviving the pandemic-stricken tourism industry next year. The businessman-turned-politician committed, during his live-broadcast inauguration ceremony in Jakarta on Dec. 23, to developing the nation’s five “super-priority” tourist destinations – sometimes called the “five new Balis” – at the behest of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. The five destinations are Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Borobudur in Central Java, Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara, Mandalika in West Nusa Tenggara and Likupang in North Sulawesi. “I’ve been given a year for [the President] to see preparations for the five super priority destinations from a 360 degree angle – every single little thing,” said the former deputy governor o...