Tourism Minister Upbeat AIS Forum Summit Brings Positive Impact on Bali’s Tourism
The Archipelagic and Island States (AIS) Forum Summit scheduled on October 10-11 is expected to bring a positive impact on tourism sector in the resort island of Bali, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno has said.
“We look forward to experiencing a rise in both tourism activities and hotel occupancy rates in Bali during the event,” the Minister said after attending a limited meeting chaired by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, at the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, Monday (10/09).
According to the Minister, the 43rd ASEAN Summit held from September 5-7, 2023 has significantly impacted the tourism sector in Jakarta.
“We have analyzed the economic impact of the ASEAN post-event. The results indicated a considerable boost to Jakarta’s economy, particularly in hotel occupancy rates,” Sandi said.
The Minister also underscored that his agency will ensure the best possible preparations for major events in the country, such as the 2023 Mandalika MotoGP and FIFA U-17 Football World Cup.
“I have instructed all levels of regional and provincial governments, as well as stakeholders in the tourism and creative ecosystem to prepare for these events thoroughly,” he explained.
On that occasion, the Minister said that his agency would also create events that could boost domestic tourism.
“Next year, several major international events are scheduled. Nevertheless, it’s essential to maintain a balance between drawing foreign tourists and promoting domestic tourism. International tourist numbers are already exceeding expectations by 15-20 percent, alhamdulillah, yet we should also focus on enhancing domestic tourism through regional events,” he added.
Regarding the 2023 Mandalika MotoGP scheduled for October 13-15 in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), the Minister pointed out that his agency has increased efforts to promote international tourism.
“We’ve almost completed all the preparations. We’ve assessed the readiness of accommodations, and out of a total of 16,000 rooms, we’ve also made additional homestays available in tourist villages around Mandalika, including some excellent villas,” he said.
Furthermore, the Minister conveyed that all preparations for the 2023 Mandalika MotoGP have proceeded as planned, while expressing hope that the race which will take place at the Pertamina Mandalika International Circuit will attract attention due to intense competition at the top of the standings.
“This race is expected to be thrilling, drawing more visitors than the target and enthusiastic spectators, as there’s a close points difference between the first and second places, with Francesco Bagnaia and Jorge Martin,” the Minister remarked. (MAY/UN) (RIF/MUR)