Indonesia's Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya, predicted in Jakarta on Tuesday, November 24. 2015, that tourism is destined to become the Nation's top foreign exchange earner.

Tourism currently ranks 4th in terms of foreign exchange earnings after mineral and gas resources, coal and palm oil production. 

Yahya portends that tourism as a renewable resource will eventually supplant its competitors that will decline over time. Meanwhile, he sees tourism growing by leaps and bounds, contributing Rp. 280 trillion to the economy in five years time - an amount equal to 8% of the Gross National Product and providing employment to 13 million Indonesian workers. 

"President Jokowi has already set the target that tourism must double within 5 years. If this year sees us welcoming 10 million foreign tourists, then by 2019 there will be 20 million visitors producing US$22 billion in foreign exchange," explained Yahya.

The Indonesian Minister of Tourism said 5 elements must be synergized to reach National tourism targets, namely: academia, business, government, the community and the media. By coordinating these 5 elements the Minister is confident Indonesia will welcome 20 million tourists by the end of 2019 and support 275 million domestic tourism journeys each year. 

Supremely confident, Yahya boasted, "It is not impossible that the target of 20 million foreign tourists and 275 million domestic journeys will be easily achieved."

To make this happen Yahya said that a certain strengthening of a shared understanding and common vision is needed to created a coordinated and sustainable tourism industry.

As reported by The Bali Post, the government is concentrating on developing 10 key strategic tourism destinations (KSPN) in Indonesia: Borobudur (Central Java), Mandalika (Lombok, Nusa Tenggara Barat), Labuhan Bajo (NTT), Bromo-Tengger Semeru (East Java), the Thousand Islands (DKI Jakarta), Toba (North Sumatra), Wakatobi (Southeast Sulawesi), Tanjung Lesung (Banten), Morotai (North Maluku) and Tanjung Kelayanh (Bangka-Belitung).


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