Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian government outlined eight strategic steps to accelerate national tourism performance to support sustainable growth at the High-Level Coordination Meeting of the Joint Secretariat for the Acceleration of Tourism Development.

"Bank Indonesia is committed to strengthen synergy with the central and regional governments to encourage tourism performance by optimizing all Bank Indonesia representative offices in Indonesia and abroad," Bank Indonesia (BI) Deputy Governor Aida S. Budiman stated in Jakarta, Tuesday.

Budiman remarked that the meeting, held on November 30, aims to demonstrate BI's commitment with the government to bolster synergy in accelerating the transformation of the real sector for revival of the national economy.

Eight strategic steps generated from the meeting comprised encouraging increased visits and spending by foreign tourists as well as increasing trips by domestic tourists to be implemented in the National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN) 2025-2029.

These are followed by strategic steps to expedite the development of quality tourism in five Super Priority Tourism Destinations (DPSP), especially in basic infrastructure and the implementation of blue, green, and circular economy (BGCE) principles, as well as increasing regional government support.

Furthermore, the agreed strategic steps aim to encourage steps to accelerate increasing air connectivity, implement the development of a visit visa scheme, and encourage increased promotion of private investment for destination development in DPSP and environmentally friendly tourism.

The meeting also agreed on strategic steps to accelerate the integration of the licensing system for organizing international MICE events, including support in mapping potential MICE events and facilitating MICE bidding, and strengthening the Proud to Travel in Indonesia (BBWI) strategy by increasing land connectivity and domestic air transportation, including developing promotions and travel packages.

Moreover, the next strategic step is to strengthen digital promotions to increase the number of foreign tourists by focusing on potential main markets for high spending foreign tourists and increasing destination inclusiveness by developing tourist villages and tourism-supporting micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), including the development of creative business actors.

Other attendees at the meeting were the deputy for tourism and creative economy at the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment, deputy for destination and infrastructure development at the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, and officials from various central and regional ministries and institutions and business entities and agencies' authority.

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Translator: Martha Herlinawati S, Resinta Sulistiyandari
Editor: Azis Kurmala
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