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Tourism to generate 2.4 million new jobs in Indonesia

Tourism to generate 2.4 million new jobs in Indonesia
February 3, 2018

Newly released data from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) shows that the tourism industry is set to generate 2.4 million new jobs in Indonesia in the coming years.

Speaking at the Panorama Mega Conference in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta this week, Gloria Guevara, WTTC President and Chief Executive of WTTC advised “travel and tourism is an important contributor to Indonesia’s economy, accounting for over 6% of GDP.

“In addition, with foreign visitor spend contributing 220 trillion rupiah to the economy, travel and tourism accounted for over 55% of Indonesia’s service sector exports.

“I congratulate the government of President Widodo, in particular Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya, on their prioritisation of and commitment to our industry. Thanks to their support for the travel and tourism sector, 2.4 million new jobs will be created.”

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has set an ambitious target to attract 20 million visitors in 2019, nearly double that of 2016 and is calling for US$20 billion in investment in the sector to support this rapid growth.

In 2016, Indonesia granted visa free access to nationals of 169 countries, opening up the country to more foreign visitors.

Guevara continued “Indonesia is a prime example of a government which is taking the right approach to tourism development with strategic investment to support sustainable growth and policies which facilitate travel.

“There is work still to be done, and partnership between the public-sector authorities and private sector enterprises is vital for the ambitious target. WTTC is delighted to support Indonesia’s travel sector in this endeavour.”

Prior to the Conference, Guevara held a private meeting with Minister Yahya, to discuss opportunities and priorities for Indonesia’s tourism sector. She also commended the Minister on the Government’s handling of the recent volcanic eruptions from Mount Agung in Bali.

Pemuteran Bay Coral Protection Foundation in Bali has been shortlisted for the WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Innovation Award, which will be presented at the upcoming 18th WTTC Global Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 18th and 19th April 2018.

Tourism contributed 6.2% of Indonesia’s GDP, a total of 770 trillion rupiah in 2017 with Jakarta itself responsible for 41% of Indonesia’s tourism activity.

Images: Temples at Borobudur, Yogyakarta, Java (top) and Gloria Guevara (below).

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