BOGOR, NETRALNEWS.COM - The governments of Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have agreed to establish cooperation to develop the tourism sector.
The cooperation was agreed upon when the Crown Prince of UAE Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan visited Indonesia and met with Indonesia President Joko Widodo. One of the meetings specifically discussed cooperation between the two countries regarding tourism development.
One important point in the meeting was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding tourism cooperation between the UAE government and the Indonesian government.
The memorandum of understanding was signed by the Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia Arief Yahya and the UAE Minister of Economy Sultan Al Mansoori and witnessed directly by President Joko Widodo and UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the Bogor Palace.
"This is an encouraging thing. This cooperation is very strategic for the development of Indonesian tourism. Moreover, the MoU Initiative was proposed by the UAE, which proves that Indonesia's tourism sector is very promising," Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said.
The scope of the MoU's collaboration later became a driver of tourism development in Indonesia. Especially in terms of marketing, destination development, HR development, tourism research and development, and the development of cooperation with the private sector in tourism.
Until now tourism has become one of the sectors in Indonesia with the fastest rate of investment growth. The investment field is also very large with an investment rate of IDR 500 trillion.
Indonesia is also developing 10 Priority Destinations with very potential growth, namely Lake Toba, Tanjung Kelayang, Tanjung Lesung, Seribu Islands and Kota Tua Jakarta, Borobudur, Bromo Tengger, Semeru, Mandalika, Labuan Bajo, Wakatobi, and Morotai.
In addition, there are also 5 Top Destinations which are also ready to be developed, including Tanjung Bangka, Sungai Liat Bangka, Sukabumi, Pangandaran, and Likupang in North Minahasa.
"In 2019 we target tourism investment to reach IDR500 trillion so that it can provide an increasingly good effect for the Indonesian economy," Minister Arief said.