President Jokowi to Inspect Tourism Supporting Infrastructure in N. Sulawesi
President Joko Jokowi Widodo accompanied by First Lady Ibu Iriana Joko Widodo on Thursday (4/7) paid a working visit to North Sulawesi. The President and his entourage departed at 07.30 a.m. Western Indonesian Time from Halim Perdanakusuma Air Force Base Jakarta to Sam Ratulangi Airport, North Sulawesi, using the Indonesian-1 Presidential Aircraft.
The Presidential Secretariats Deputy for Protocol, Press and Media Bey Machmudin stated in his press release that during the working visit, President Jokowi will inspect infrastructures developed to support tourism in that province.
Based on Ministry of Tourisms press release, North Sulawesi is named as the Rising Star in tourism sector in Indonesia because the province can boost the performance of tourism sector by 600 percent in the past four years.
For the record, the number of foreign tourists visiting North Sulawesi, particularly Manado and Bitung reached 20,000 people in 2015, and the figure increased to 40,000 in 2016, 80,000 in 2017, and 120,000 in 2018.
The total number of foreign tourists in North Sulawesi increased nearly sixfold in only four years. As for domestic tourists, the number increased twofold from 2 million to 4 million people, whereas the other regions only experienced 5 or 10 percent increase, Minister of Tourism Arif Yahya stated in a press release.
Upon the arrival of President Jokowi and his entourage at Sam Ratulangi Airport at 11.40 a.m. Central Indonesian Time, they were welcomed by Governor of North Sulawesi Olly Dondokambey and regional officers.
The President is slated to inspect Sam Ratulangi International Airport which will be expanded and to inspect the development of Tanjung Pulisan Special Economic Zone, in Likupang, North Minahasa Regency. In addition, President Jokowi will also hand over land certificates to Manado residents.
President Jokowi, Ibu Iriana, and the entourage will spend a night in Manado before carrying on the working visit in North Sulawesi Province the day after. (HIM/JAY/ES)
Translated by : Rany Anjany Subachrum
Edited by : Mia Medyana Bonaedy