The plan is to encourage travellers to go beyond Bali, and to increase tourist arrivals to Indonesia.
The Indonesian government is developing 10 emerging tourist destinations in a bid to double the number of foreign tourists to 20 million by 2019 from the current 10 million a year. Target tourism receipts over the next five years is US$20 billion from the US$10 billion presently.
The plan is also an effort to promote Indonesia beyond Bali, and to show the diversity of the vast archipelago.
“We decided to focus on tourist locations with the most potential to jump-start tourism growth in Indonesia,” said Indonesia’s Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister, Rizal Ramli.
The 10 tourism areas slated for development are:
- Lake Toba, North Sumatra
- Mount Bromo, East Java
- Mandalika, West Nusa Teggara
- Morotai Island, North Maluku
- Tanjung Lesung, Banten, West Java
- Labuan Bajo, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara
- Thousand Islands, Jakarta
- Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi
- Belitung Island, Bangka-Belitung
Rizal said the Thousand Islands was chosen because Jakarta is the second largest tourist destination in the country.
He added that the programme will include infrastructure such as roads, sea ports and airports to open access to these tourist destinations. The government will also invite investors to build hotels and other supporting facilities in the areas.
More tourist destinations will be added to this development programme next year.
The development of the 10 tourist destinations comes alongside the government’s plan to waive visas for 47 more countries this year, in addition to the visa exemptions for 30 countries implemented in June 2015.
Source: The Jakarta Post