Wednesday, 15 January 2014


Tourism and the creative economy industry will certainly skyrocket in 2014 due to festivals of democracy (pesta demokrasi) and the needs for campaigns of the legislative candidates and political parties require the services of this industry. Movement of the legislative candidates and party officials to various constituency meetings and events held by the political parties will boost hotel occupancy and use of meeting rooms in hotels, especially hotels and convention halls that can accommodate thousands of people.

“Campaign, festivals of democracy and imaging, of candidates, candidates for President and Vice President, all to it requires attributes, advertisements, films, printed or digital materials. “Indonesian tourism has a very bright prospect in 2014, “said Deputy Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Nirwandar, on Friday (January 3).

He expects that the level of awareness of the candidates and party leaders of tourism and creative economy sector also increases because it can improve the life of the people directly. Today, almost all countries in the world, whether superpowers and small countries, are vting to develop the tourism industry.

In the 2014 political year, political parties can also develop seven types of special interest tours, namely historical and cultural tours, such as visiting Borobudur Temple and other places, nature tourism and eco-tourism, culinary tourism, sports and leisure, MICE (meeting, incentive, convention and exhibition), cruise (cruise ships), as well as spa and wellness which are being developed by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy in various regions.

In addition to hoping for a “blessing” in the political year, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy is also focusing on special interest tours for tourism development in 2014. Tourist attractions coupled with sports, recreations as well as culinary. He was optimistic about the increase in tourist arrivals in 2014. One way is to increase direct flights to various regions in Indonesia. The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy will continue to advocate infrastructure in 16 tourist destinations that are the priorities of national development. In addition, the organization of festivals in various regions is also one way to attract tourists.

With the development of special interest tours, Sapta expects that creative economy will also be advancing. It is said that tourism is closely related to creative economy. So it is not wrong if the government increases special interest tours. He reported that the greatest contribution of creative economy to tourism is in culinary tourism, handicrafts, fashion.

Meanwhile, the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) reported that foreign tourist arrivals to Indonesia in November 2013 reached 807,400 tourists or approximately a 12.16% increase compared to October as many as 719,900 tourists. This figure is a new record of number of foreign tourist visits to Indonesia. Cumulatively, the number of foreign tourists visiting Indonesia from January to November 2013 reached 7.94 million, a 9.12% increase compared to the same period in 2012.

Head of BPS, Suryamin, explained that the entrance gate of foreign tourists also began to spread, not concentrated at Ngurah Rai Airport, bali and soekarno-Hatta Airport, Banten. Most foreign tourists still visited Bali via Ngurah Rai airport as much as 297,000 tourists in November 2013, up 24% compared to the same period in 2012. When compared to October 2013, tourists visit to Bali increases 11%.

Sapta said that in the ASEAN region, Malaysia ranks the first as country of origin of foreign tourists, namely 151,394 tourists or 18.75% of total foreign tourists arrivals in November 2013. In the Top Four, the next position is occupied by Singapore at 16.81%, Australia 11.38%, China 8.49%, and Japan 5.5%. (E)

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