RI migrant workers can become tourism ambassadors

Surabaya, East Java (ANTARA News) - Indonesian migrant workers can serve as their country`s "tourism ambassadors" as they have great potential to promote tourism, the East Java branch of the Indonesian Tourism Council (Depari) said.

"So far, a great number of Indonesian migrant workers hail from East Java. Their number even exceeds those of workers from other regions in Indonesia," the East Java`s Depari chairman Yusak Anshori said here on Monday.

He expressed optimism that around 215,000 Indonesian workers in Hong Kong can be optimized to promote East Java`s tourist objects.

In addition, the majority of the 700,000 Indonesian migrant workers in South Korea were also from East Java, Anshori said.

"Even the biggest amount of some six to seven millions of Indonesian migrant workers in Malaysia and another 1.1 million in Taiwan are from East Java," he explained.

Anshori said further that the tourism promotion to be conducted by the migrant workers can be optimized by asking them to disseminate a number of promotional tools such as brochures of East Java`s places of interest and magazines.

All tourists who visit East Java province can come to Blitar or Mojokerto to see the temple and the culture of Tengger community that are similar to Hindu temple in Bali, he added.