Jakarta (ANTARA) - Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno has invited the National Creative Economy Movement (Gekraf) to collaborate, innovate, and adapt with the ministry and other related parties to meet the achievement targets for this year.

"We hope we can collaborate with Gekraf to achieve our goals, especially in the creative economy sector in our leading sectors, such as culinary, craft, and fashion," the minister said in a statement received here on Thursday.

The achievement targets for 2023 include 7.4 million foreign tourist arrivals and 1.4 billion domestic tourist trips, he elaborated.

In addition, this year, there will be fundamental changes in terms of access to finance, he informed. For instance, with the enactment of Government Regulation (PP) Number 24 of 2022 concerning the creative economy, creative economy players can submit their works, whose intellectual property rights have been registered, as collateral for loans to financial institutions.

"The regulation allows us to use our intellectual property rights as an object of financing. I am optimistic that Gekraf can become the initiator to take advantage of existing opportunities," Uno said.

Throughout 2022, a number of targets that were set as part of efforts to revive the tourism sector and the creative economy were achieved, he noted.

They included 5.2 million foreign tourist visits out of the target of 3.6 million, 700 million domestic tourist trips out of the target of 600 million, and US$5.2 billion in domestic tourism and foreign exchange earnings out of the target of US$1.7 billion.

The added value of the Indonesia tourism and creative economy sector also exceeded Rp1,276 trillion. In addition, the export value of Indonesia's tourism and creative economy products reached US$24.5 billion.

Meanwhile, around 3.7 million new jobs were created in the tourism and creative economy sector, Uno said.

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