Jakarta (ANTARA) - Deputy Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Angela Tanoesoedibjo has said that her ministry is targeting 3.5 million–7.4 million international tourist arrivals and 1.2 billion–1.4 billion domestic tourist movements or trips in 2023.

In addition, foreign exchange from tourism is targeted to reach US$2.07 billion–US$5.95 billion.

"The number of people who visit Indonesia must be greater, the spending must be greater, the length of stay must be longer. Thus, as a whole, (the number of) people entering Indonesia must be greater than people leaving (traveling abroad) from Indonesia," she said while closing a 2022 national coordination meeting, which was followed online on Friday.

In addition, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy is targeting Rp1,279 trillion in added value of the gross domestic product (GDP) with exports of US$26.46 billion next year. Then, the workforce absorbed is targeted to reach 22.4 million in the tourism sector and 22.59 million in the creative economy sector.

According to Tanoesoedibjo, the tourism and creative economy sectors have a significant multiplier effect. Thus, if Indonesia advances the two sectors, it will bring prosperity to the people.

"These are big targets that can only be achieved if the small targets managed by you all (deputies at the ministry) are achieved. These are big targets that can only be achieved if we synergize, collaborate, and have concrete cooperation in pentahelix," she said.

She then outlined the four priority points of the 2022 national coordination meeting of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy. The first point is supporting the synergy of the 2023 work plan of the government, which has allotted a budget of Rp22.4 trillion for the development of five super-priority tourism destinations (DPSP), she said.

The second point is the strengthening of the 6A aspects—accessibility, attraction, activities, amenities, accommodation, and ancillaries.

The third point is supporting and collaborating on the implementation of Government Regulation Number 24 of 2022 to realize intellectual properties as assets in the country. The last point concerns pursuing tourism and creative economy policies that are based on digitalization, inclusiveness, and sustainability.

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Editor: Azis Kurmala
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