Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment is creating a regulation on the Quality Tourism Endowment Fund, a collaborative effort involving various ministries and institutions.

“This is aimed at creating a quality tourism ecosystem,” said Odo R.M. Manuhutu, the ministry's Deputy for Tourism and Creative Economy, on Monday.

He said that the quality tourism ecosystem is based on four pillars: competitiveness of basic infrastructure, sustainable tourism management, unique destinations, and high-value tourism services.

One of the concrete steps for realizing quality tourism is environmental conservation through the rehabilitation of mangrove forests, which have a large capacity to absorb carbon dioxide.

He noted that the discourse on developing quality tourism through the active participation of related parties is still in the stage of initial study as well as discussions involving various sectors.

The study is considering efforts to support increasing the domestic tourist movement target, he added.

“Various policies related to quality tourism are aimed at providing significant benefits whose impacts will be felt by the community," he remarked.

He also spoke about efforts to develop quality tourism through the Proud to Travel in Indonesia (BBWI) movement, which is aimed at increasing people's consumption of domestic tourism products.

Through the movement, the government set a target of domestic tourist movements of up to 1.5 billion in 2024, with a potential tourism income of around Rp3,000 trillion (around US$1.84 billion).

"The target is set to support the BBWI, which has been supported by several policies, including toll discounts, packages for tourism trips using trains, and the implementation of national events with an integrated licensing system through OSS (online single submission)," he said.

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