Indonesia’s Tourism Competitiveness Rank Continues to Rise, President Jokowi Says
Indonesia’s ranking in the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index has continued to rise, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has said.
“In 2015 we were ranked 50th. Then, we climbed up the ranking to 42nd in 2017, and jumped to 40th last year,” President Jokowi said at a Limited Cabinet Meeting on the Improvement of Indonesia’s Tourism Ranking at the Presidential Office, Jakarta, Monday (17/2).
President Jokowi went on to say that the Government should improve four sub-indexes and 14 pillars on Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index since it is lower compared to those of neighboring countries, where Singapore was ranked 17th, Malaysia 29th, and Thailand 31st.
“We have five competitive advantages compared to other countries, including price competitiveness, policy priorities, beauty of nature, openness, cultural richness, and business visits,” the President said.
According to the President, there are five issues that need to be addressed regarding tourism sector competitiveness, namely sustainable environment, health and hygiene, tourism infrastructure, security, and preparedness in information technology.
“I think we should make these issues as a reference in working forward with clear and well-measured targets,” the President said.
Also present at the Limited Meeting were, among others, Coordinating Minister for the Economy Airlangga Hartarto, Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Minister of State Secretary Pratikno, Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi, Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko, Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani, Minister of National Development Planning (PPN)/Head of the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) Suharso Monoarfa, Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono, Minister of Manpower Ida Fauziah, Minister of Trade Agus Suparmanto, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Wishnutama, Minister of Home Affairs Tito Karnavian, Minister of Health Terawan Agus Putranto, Minister of SOEs Erick Thohir, Minister of Law and Human Rights Yasonna Laoly, Minister for Cooperatives and SMEs Teten Masduki, Minister of Agrarian and Spatial Planning Sofyan Djalil, Head of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Bahlil Lahadalia, and a number of echelon 1 officials. (FID / EN)
Translated by: Syarifah Aisyah
Reviewed by: Ridwan Ibadurrohman
Proofread by: Yuyu Mulyani