President Joko Widodo has urged for an increase in tourism promotional activities to attract more foreign and domestic tourists.
“The president has asked the minister of tourism to maximize the country’s tourism promotional activities to attract more foreign tourists to Indonesia,” Chief of the Presidential Communications Team Teten Masduki said in a press statement here on Wednesday.
While chairing a limited cabinet meeting at the Presidential Office, President Joko Widodo stated that the slowdown of the national economy should be countered with a rise in the number of tourist arrivals so it can support the national economy.
“Even with slow economic growth, the tourism sector could contribute to foreign exchange in a relatively short time,” the president was quoted as saying.
To increase foreign tourist visits, the president issued Presidential Decree Number 69/2015 on free visa travel. However, according to the head of state, other breakthroughs are still needed to raise foreign tourist arrivals and to earn fresh funds.
The free visa policy, which has been implemented for the citizens of 30 countries this year, will have a positive impact on the tourism industry in Indonesia, President Joko Widodo stated.
“Actually, I have signed a free visa policy for 30 countries several weeks ago. I think it will have a positive impact on the country’s tourism industry,” President Jokowi remarked while presiding over a limited cabinet meeting at the presidential office on Wednesday.
However, Jokowi noted that breakthrough efforts are still necessary to achieve a significant growth in the tourism industry.
“Thus, the major increase in tourism can generate fresh revenue for the state,” Jokowi explained.
Earlier, Tourism Affairs Minister Arief Yahya stated that the free visa policy has become an important step to help Indonesia to achieve its target of tourist arrivals.