Badung, The Indonesia Post – Indonesian Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy (Menparekraf) Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno invites foreign investors to invest in five super priority destinations (DSP) and eight tourism special economic zones (KEK) in Indonesia.
“Of these eight SEZs, all of them are targeting an investment of between 6 and 8 billion US dollars which will create a total of 2.3 million jobs and we hope that apart from the eight SEZs, there are 12 sustainable tourism projects that we offer and 21 investors present here will get that choice,” Sandiaga said while attending the 2022 Global Tourism Forum-Annual Meeting (GTF-AM) in Jimbaran, Badung, Bali, Thursday.
The five DSPs referred to by Minister Sandiaga Uno are Lake Toba, Borobudur Temple, Mandalika, Likupang and Labuan Bajo, while the eight tourism SEZs include Morotai, Singosari, Tanjung Lesung, Likupang, Lido, Nongsa, Tanjung Kelayang and Mandalika.
In the forum organized by the Indonesia Tourism Forum (ITF) with the World Tourism Forum Institute (WTFI), Sandiaga Uno stated that the government, in this case the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, is ready to collaborate with investors to create and increase new jobs.
“We in government have a duty to five super priority destinations where for Lake Toba, Borobudur and Labuan Bajo, the authority bodies are here to be ready to work together because the land can be collaborated with private parties and for two super priority destinations that are within the scope of the special economic zone. , Mandalika and Likupang are also here to attract interest from investors to open up investment opportunities and create jobs,” said Sandiaga.
He ensured that currently his party continues to strive to create quality and sustainable tourism and focuses on creating new jobs. In fact, he was optimistic that by collaborating with the investors present, the investment and employment targets set by the government could be achieved.
“I am very confident that through this global tourism forum a breakthrough will be created so that the target of creating 1.1 million jobs this year and 4.4 million jobs in 2024 can be achieved,” he said.
Sandiaga Uno explained that there are three things that are very relevant to the Global Tourism Forum with international cooperation at the G20 Summit, namely flexibility in policies, macroeconomic stability, investment especially related to the progress of several sectors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and also sustainable development goals.
“All of this is included in the global tourism forum. So, from yesterday’s declaration, we have narrowed down four things that we can make happen here and we also hope that President Joko Widodo will convey a message from Mr. President Joko Widodo that we stop war, stop violence for humanitarian reasons for our revival. and also food and energy issues,” he said.
He also said President Jokowi expected them (investors) to stay longer in Indonesia, in Bali and also five super priority destinations to encourage the revival of the economic sector.
Meanwhile, ITF Chairman Sapta Nirwandar said the 21 investors who attended the Global Tourism Forum did not only talk about the future of tourism from a purely policy perspective or only as a discussion forum, but 21 investors from outside came to Indonesia to start discussing cooperation with eight Special Economic Zones.
He hopes that the theme Recover Together Recover Stronger will bring business prospects to tourism workers, especially for the 200 tourism entrepreneurs who attended the forum.
“From the 21 investors, it is likely to increase and they will also offer several new programs including digital and others such as metavers. This is a sign that they are confident of Indonesia’s strong tourism industry,” he said.
On the other hand, the Head of the World Tourism Forum Institute (WTFI) Bulut Bagci expressed his appreciation for the steps taken by the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno, who had facilitated and supported the activities that took place on 17-18 November 2022.
“We gathered together with foreign and local investors to discuss the priority issue in the G20, namely sustainable tourism with the motto Recover Together Recover Stronger. We hope that after the 2022 GTF meeting, we can recover together and continue with sustainable cooperation,” he said.
He acknowledged that Indonesia has many workers and it is hoped that the availability of these workers can be utilized by the forum by bringing in more investors from various platforms, especially those engaged in the tourism sector. (mhn/bbs)