Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesian women in the tourism sector have a role to play in inspiring other females, according to an official at the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy.

Juggling the roles of mother, wife, and independent individual, women can have a significant impact on their families, children, and also the environment where they work, said Ni Wayan Giri Adnyani, the ministry's secretary, in a statement on Saturday.

Adnyani made these remarks while delivering a speech at a book review event for "Inspirational Women Figures in Indonesian Tourism Destinations 2" in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, on Friday.

"We need to highlight these women through literacy or records to inspire other women by documenting their work, especially in the tourism sector," she said.

The UN Global Report on Women in Tourism in 2019 showed that the number of women working in the tourism sector is more than double the number of men.

This shows the passion and enthusiasm of women to participate in the tourism development sector.

Meanwhile, the sustainable development goals (SDGs) also mention gender equality, where women have equal rights to play an active role in overseeing implementation and achievement in all fields, which in this case are the tourism and creative economy sectors.

"Therefore, Indonesian women are expected to always innovate and be adaptive in their work, as this is the key factor to keeping pace with the modern era," Adnyani stated.

Meanwhile, Director of the Lombok Tourism Polytechnic, Ali Muhtasom, expressed hope that the book would provide lessons and become a source of inspiration for every struggle and achievement of Indonesia's strong women in developing the tourism sector.

"Every word and thought can inspire and give great motivation to women to keep working," he said.

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