Tourist arrival target of 20 million needs investors: minister

Tourist arrival target of 20 million needs investors: minister

Borobudur Temple. The Indonesian government continues its effort to promote the national tourism industry by building infrastructures to tourist destinations including Borobudur Temple (Central Java), Lake Toba (N Sumatra), Mandalika (West Nusa Tenggara) and Labuan Bajo (East Nusa Tenggara), (ANTARA FOTO/Irsan Mulyadi)

Jakarta, (ANTARA News) - Indonesia needs investment and financing in the tourism sector to reach its target of 20 million tourist arrivals, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said.

Addressing the third national working meeting on tourism at Dian Ballroom Hotel Raffles here on Thursday, the minister said, as a multidimensional sector, tourism needs multidimensional support,including investment and financing.

"Tourism Minister Arief Yahya has set the target of tourist arrivals for 2019 at 20 million. This is not only the task of the Tourism Ministry, but also is the target of all of us to successfully achieve it. The Finance Ministry will support it through various channel policies we have. All financial instruments and policies are directed towards supporting tourism," she said.

Through such support, the service sector will grow rapidly and serve as a main foreign exchange earner to strengthen the country`s trade balance, she said.

For its part, the development of 10 priority tourist destinations that President Joko Widodo has mandated to meet the target of 20 million tourist arrivals in 2019 must receive multidimensional support from the government and the private sector, she said.

To support the development of 10 priority tourist destinations, four of which have been chosen as super priority destinations, including Lake Danau, Mandalika, Labuan Bajo, and Borobudur Temple needs Rp500 trillion in investment, which will mostly come from the private sector, she said.

"On the accessibility side, the government, through technical agencies, has built roads, railway tracks, airports, seaports, clean water facilities, power plants and telecommunication networks," she noted.

Reporting by Hanni Sofia
Editing by Suharto