Minister urges to improve tourism to increase the number of tourists

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno said he will continue to encourage efforts to improve the tourism and creative economy sectors in Indonesia to attract foreign tourists, especially travelers from Singapore.

The improvement aims to increase the number of international tourist arrivals, which should reach 3.6 million in 2022.

“We have just started a sales mission in Singapore and this is the first sales mission we have done since the pandemic in one of the biggest potential markets for Indonesian tourism,” he said at the Goodwood Park Hotel in Singapore. the official announcement came here on Wednesday.

On this occasion, Uno met with travel agencies, airlines and the media. Approximately 95 percent of the Singapore tourism entrepreneurs who attended the event expressed their enthusiasm.

In fact, they already have a goal to organize tourism activities and help develop the tourism sector in Indonesia starting from the middle of this year or June 2022.

“We hope that our visit will stimulate the influx of tourists from Singapore and open up our economic opportunities for business and employment opportunities,” he confirmed.

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Uno said that he had instructed the ministry’s Tourism Marketing Office to help solve problems and obstacles to increase tourist arrivals from Singapore.

Thus, issues such as organizational issues, onerous insurance requirements, visas and the number of ferry services that need to be increased between the two countries should be resolved soon.

Uno expected the ministry to begin dealing with visa and insurance issues in the next few weeks with the help of the Indonesian Embassy (KBRI).

Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, or in 2019, Singapore was the third largest source of foreign tourists arriving in Indonesia.

“Batam and Bintan are the second gateway for tourists from Singapore after Bali. Thus, the goal is that within the next 6-12 months we will restore them with the concept of quality and sustainable tourism,” he said.

He said the ministry is making efforts to improve some tourist attractions in Batam, Bintan and other places so that tourists can stay longer and buy goods in the tourism and creative economy sectors.
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