Pontianak (ANTARA) - Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno expressed optimism about the tourism sector of West Kalimantan achieving continued progress following the province's success in entering the top 10 of the Karisma Event Nusantara (KEN).

"West Kalimantan has managed to sit at the top 10 of KEN, a national tourism agenda that provides the province with opportunities to grow its economy through the tourism and creative economy sectors," he remarked in Singkawang, West Kalimantan Province, on Saturday (February 24, 2024).

In his closing speech at the National Tourism and Creative Economy Promotion Coordination Meeting, Uno said the government would continue to support West Kalimantan, including by ensuring the success of Nyobeng Ritual that would take place in May in Bengkayang District, as part of KEN.

According to him, the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry is ready to promote the event in a bid to rope in more tourists.

The minister then lauded the West Kalimantan provincial government for launching the province's Tourism Event Calendar 2024.

"I would like to congratulate West Kalimantan for the launch of its tourism event calendar. We will continue to amplify promotion and curation to support West Kalimantan's creative economy for boosting the local economy," he remarked.

He then highlighted Singkawang, noting that the city wields enormous potential not only in terms of tourism but also accessibility, thanks to the Singkawang Airport that is expected to start operating soon.

"We will solidify the ecosystem, as Singkawang now has an airport that will soon be operated. It is also necessary to study the city's traffic flow to collect data required for constructing toll roads," he pointed out.

Uno then expressed hope that tourism stakeholders in West Kalimantan would continue to innovate in order to boost the value of tourism events in the province, including by offering pre-event and post-event activities.

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