"The key is the government`s willingness to engage with Latin American countries to promote our tourism potential. In order to boost more tourist visit to Indonesia, it is important for the government to diversify target market such as to Latin American countries," he said here on Thursday on the sideline of the 6th Foreign Ministers Meeting of Forum for East Asia and Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC) that runs on June 13 to 14.
Amos called on the establishment of commitment among governments from east Asia and Latin American countries to boost cooperation in tourism sector. "Strong government to government relations will ease off business people in executing the cooperation agreed," he added.
Earlier FEALAC Vision Group members during the meeting last June 4-6 in Bali also discussed the importance of cooperation in tourism sector saying that it is an important tool to boost people to people relations.
On its final report, the group recommended that government and tourism agencies should increase efforts to engage their counterparts, and as a way to increase tourist visits across the two regions.
"FEALAC member countries should explore ways and means to facilitate travels in order to encourage more people to people contacts, especially with reference to culture and youth-related tourism when visited by tourists from other region," the recommendation said.
FEALAC was established in 1999 as an informal forum to link Asian and Latin American countries. As the only forum bridging the two regions, FEALAC has recently developed its membership to include 36 countries namely Indonesia, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Japan, South Korea, and Laos.
Also Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Mongolia, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Equador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, peru, Dominican republic, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.