Home120,000 hectares of Kerinci Seblat National Park destroyed Indonesian Govt to Involve Street Vendors in Developing Tourism JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - The government is planning to
involve street vendors in its efforts to develop the tourism sector,
Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Mari Elka Pangestu said here on
"There are always street vendors at tourism sites.
Rather than letting them operate in usually haphazard ways, the
government will take the initiative in helping them do business in more
orderly and sustained ways by giving them adequate space to sell their
products near tourism sites," Mari said at the 1st National Tourism
Conference at the Sahid Hotel, Jakarta.
Citing an example,
she said the government had built kiosks near the entrance gate of
Prambanan Temple in Central Java where street vendors were now selling
In the future, she said, more such facilities
would be built for street vendors. However, Mari said to implement the
plan, the central government still needed to hold discussions with local
governments and other stakeholders about the management of the kiosk
after they had been built.
Earlier, the ministry’s director
of market development, Sadar Pakarti Budi, had said Indonesia had set
itself the target of attracting 8 million foreign tourists in 2012 and
earning a total of US$8.98 billion in foreign exhange.
said the figure represented a 7.35 percent increase compared to this
year`s target which was 7.7 million foreign tourists. "The tourism
sector is projected to grow 6.42 percent this year."
expressed optimism the tourism industry would grow positively according
to the target thanks to the improving competitive edge of Indonesian
tourism. Indonesian tourism was expected to expand in 2012 in terms of
budget, tourist arrivals, foreign exchange earnings, representative
offices and direct flight seats which currently stood at 15 million.
"So far we have provided visa-free facilities to 12 countries and visa-on-arrival (VOA) facilities to 64 countries."
ahead, he said tourism development would be focused on ecotourism,
meeting, incentive, convention and exhibition (MICE), sports events,
heritage, shopping, honeymoon, cruise, culture and arts show, spa and