This is also what we will propose at the (Indonesia G20 Presidency) meeting, that conferences do not have to be indoors, it is even healthier outdoors.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry held the International Heritage of Toba: Natural & Cultural Diversity Conference in Lake Toba, North Sumatra, on Wednesday as part of activities for showcasing Indonesia's five super-priority tourism destinations (DPSP).

"This theme was chosen based on the extraordinary potential of Lake Toba in its nature and culture," Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno said at the virtual conference here on Wednesday.

Furthermore, Lake Toba has also been recognized as a Global Geopark by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to maintain the sustainability of the region, he noted.

The international conference was organized in Lake Toba to convince stakeholders and unite the vision of collaborating, maintaining, and preserving the world's assets, he added.

The effort is expected to give a positive boost to the economy, environment, and welfare of the community, Uno said.

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"Let's continue the spirit with 3G, which is to move quickly, move together, and develop all the potential to create jobs," he remarked.

He pointed out the potential of Lake Toba as a super-priority destination, which is on target, on time, and provides the right benefits.

In June 2021, a similar activity was held in Borobudur, Central Java, he said. The ministry will hold a similar conference in Mandalika, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) in November 2021, he informed.

Meanwhile, Deputy for Tourism Products and Event Organizer at the ministry Rizki Handayani said the development of MICE (Meeting, Incentive, Convention, Exhibition) activities held outdoors or around Lake Toba was part of the ministry's innovations.

With the Lake Toba conference, Handayani said, the ministry intends to deliver the message that meetings do not have to be indoors.

"This is also what we will propose at the (Indonesia G20 Presidency) meeting: that conferences do not have to be indoors, they are even healthier outdoors," Handayani remarked.

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