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President: Be smart and creative in promoting tourism JAKARTA - The Indonesian language website Bisnis.com reports that Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called on the Department of Culture and Tourism to optimize their work, be smarter and more creative in developing national tourism. The President's comments were made at the opening of a 3-day national coordinating meeting on culture and tourism held at the National Palace in Jakarta.

The President told the meeting: "In fact volcanoes, areas of national disaster, mud volcanoes, earthquake zones and tsunami affected areas all have the potential to become tourist attractions. This is not 'disaster tourism,' but Indonesia's geology which is presented for tourism. If thousands of people come to see the colors of our volcanic crater lakes, that is not a problem .... Let's be smart, creative and innovative."

The President hopes the tourism industry is able to become the top contributor of foreign exchange to the economy, as in the case of the United States where tourism generates an estimated US200 billion. In this regard, the Head of State urged the Department of Culture and Tourism not to be embarrassed to study from other countries where tourism has become a mainstay of the economy.

The Council on Indonesian Tourism (DEPARI) used the occasion to remind all tourism stakeholders that Indonesia faces strong competition from neighboring destinations. Because of this, the Council said steps are needed to rescue tourism through joint programs to prevent the collapse of the tourism sector.

Sri Mulyono Herlambang, the Chairman of DEPARI recently said: "In confronting this strong competition the Minister of Culture and Tourism, all tourism associations and affiliated agencies cannot adopt a defensive attitude. On the contrary, they must develop an offensive strategy. A defensive attitude will only delay our eventual defeat."

While on a private level, the Minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik enjoys good relations with the heads of Indonesia's various tourism organizations. However, in the future, closer cooperation on an institutional level is needed to create strategies to confront hyper-competition.



Posted in Tourism @ 01 April 2007 06:46 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





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(Edited) Posted @ 01 April 2007 09:37

Abandon all necessary visa's, be tough against religious extremism, stop protecting the domestic airline market, improve safety of all domestic transportation, require all Indonesians to study English at school, improve the official Indonesian tourism website and the website of the embassy (www.indonesia.nl is a shame).

Indonesia has so much to offer, its arguably the most diverse and beautiful country in the world, in which country do you find the best tropical beaches, second largest area of rainforests in the world (but for how long?), the largest amount of islands and Bali consistently voted number best tropical island in the world by tourism experts, most vulcano's (number 1), high mountains (Papua), the most diverse sea life in the world (Sulawesi). Add the diverse culture, the people (well-known for their beauty) and the fact the 5 major world religions live relatively peaceful and protected by the gouvernment and you have holiday destination number 1.

But do we want Indonesia to be flooded with mass tourism?

The downside is, if you have been to Indonesia, you get bored if you go to more "inferior" holiday destinations. The Carribean are like heaven for most naieve Dutchies for their "beautiful diving". Well.. dont expect too much if you have been to Indonesia Emoticon: Wink



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