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here's the "preloadedcontent" Indonesia is ready to compete with nine other Southeast Asian countries
in the tourism sector, as the country starts to see results in
developing its connectivity, Deputy Transportation Minister Bambang
Susantono said Wednesday.
“We are going to have Kuala Namu
International Airport in North Sumatra, due to be completed next year,
which will be the west gate into Indonesia,” Bambang told The Jakarta
Post on the sidelines of the International Urban Transportation
He also said the master plan for the Acceleration and
Expansion of Indonesian Economic Growth (MP3EI) would help Indonesia
speed up its construction of several strategic projects to support
connectivity and tourism, such as the Tanah Ampo Cruise Terminal in
Tanah Ampo would be operational in 2012 and was expected to be a cruise hub in Indonesia by 2013, he added.
In addition, he said, Tanah Ampo would be put out to tender next year in order to develop it further.
want port operators to be involved with developing this project because
we want more than just a hub; we want Tanah Ampo to be a world-class
cruise with complete facilities,” he said.
He also encouraged
airlines to strengthen their existing provision of domestic flights by
connecting potential tourism and business cities to one another.
said routes linking Balikpapan, known for its oil, gas and mineral
resources, to emerging tourism city Mataram, or Mataram to Manado, or
Medan to Bandung, were needed.
In a separate interview, Deputy
Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sapta Nirwandar predicted that the
number of foreign tourists from ASEAN visiting Indonesia will leap by
about 10 percent in 2012.
“We have seen a steady rise in the
number of tourists from Thailand and the Philippines this year, due to
better conditions in Indonesia,” Sapta said.
Besides Jakarta and Bali, he said Thai and Filipino tourists loved visiting Bandung, Yogyakarta and Surakarta.
said 43.6 percent of the 7 million tourists who visited the country
last year were from ASEAN countries, among which Malaysia was the top
contibutor with more than 1 million visitors.
“Our position in
ASEAN is getting stronger because Indonesia has a lot to offer, and the
MP3EI will help develop more tourist destinations,” he said.
said the ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan (ATSP) 2011-2015 would also help
ASEAN to compete with other regions in the world to create a single
“Connectivity is a top priority in the
region’s agenda and will spur both Indonesian and regional economic
growth,” he continued.
The president of the ASEAN Tourism
Association (Aseanta), Wiryanti Sukamdani, said the plan to implement a
common ASEAN visa, which would enable foreign visitors to travel within
the association’s 10 member nations with a single visa on arrival, would
be of huge benefit to the tourism sector.
“If the plan is
approved, non ASEAN citizens will need only a single visa to enter any
one of our 10 countries. This will encourage more tourists to conme to
Indonesia and ASEAN,” Wiryanti said.
She also said the
implementation of the ASEAN common visa would speed up the process of
establishing the ASEAN Community by 2015. (nfo)