Tangerang (ANTARA) - Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno has set a target to standardize and certify 20 percent of Indonesian tourism and creative economy businesses in the next 10 years.

"Currently, the standardization rate is at around one percent. Hence, we would like to invite various parties to ramp up standardization in the tourism sector by 20 percent in the next decade," he remarked in Tangerang, Banten, on Thursday (February 29).

The minister noted that the standardization and certification processes for those running tourism and creative economy businesses had been heavily centered in Jakarta and its surrounding regions.

Hence, he pushed for more equitable processes to reach business players in all Indonesian regions in the hopes of promoting global-class tourism destinations.

Uno explained that the government is seeking to issue CHSE Certificates to more tourism businesses, tourism destinations, and tourism products in a bid to provide tourists with the guarantee of cleanliness, safety, and environmental preservation.

He further emphasized that the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry had appointed the Tourism Business Certification Agency (LSPr SUPI) to issue certificates for business players that manage to adopt applicable standards.

He then expressed hope that the imminent shift in power would not disrupt Indonesia's efforts to certify more tourism and creative economy businesses.

"Hopefully, the next administration will continue the policy. I hope the standardization target will remain a priority, considering that we are still witnessing several cases related to accidents and cleanliness due to non-compliance to rules," he stated.

To that end, he urged regional governments to take part in achieving the certification target by conducting supervision, with the end goal of creating a more conducive, effective, and simplified ecosystem for investment and business activities.

"Hence, standardization will not only protect tourists but also provide protection to workers and business players in the tourism and creative economy sectors," he concluded.

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Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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