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TRIBUNNEWS.COM, JAKARTA – The Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) appreciates growth tourism sector and the creative economy which will grow significantly during 2022.

Spokesperson for the DPP PSI, Kokok Dirgantoro said PSI appreciates the government’s performance, especially the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, which has worked hard to restore the tourism industry and the creative economy after being hit by a pandemic for the past two years.

The growth of the tourism industry and the creative economy during 2022 will grow significantly, as can be seen from the improvement in tourism indicators.

“We see an improvement in the tourism industry and the creative economy supported by increasingly vibrant tourist trips, tourism activities and creative events, especially activities related to the G-20 Summit. Moreover, with the repeal of the Community Activity Restrictions (PPKM) policy at the end of 2022, it will accelerate the recovery of this sector,” said Kokok in his statement, Wednesday (1/2/2023).

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On the other hand, Kokok emphasized that PSI asked the Government and related Ministries to ensure that the growth of the tourism industry in 2023 must have a high multiplier impact for MSMEs and regional economy.

PSI also wants the workforce to be prepared so that when this industry grows rapidly, the workforce is ready.

“We encourage the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy to speed up training and recruitment of workers, especially from the local area, to keep up with growth tourism sector.

This is important so that the wider community can feel the direct impact of the positive growth of the tourism industry and the creative economy,” Kokok concluded.

Previously, the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy (Menparekraf) Sandiaga Uno in his statement after a limited meeting at the Presidential Office, Jakarta, Monday (30/1/2023) said that after 1 month PPKM was stopped, economic activity, especially in tourism and the creative economy, increased exponentially. significant with room occupancy rates reaching 80 to 90 percent in several destinations, and for favorite destinations: Bandung, Yogyakarta and Bali even reaching 100 percent.”

Menparekraf added that the government was also significantly increasing the target market for foreign tourists in 2023 through several policies, including increasing the number of flights.

In addition, the government is also trying to accelerate the development of tourism Special Economic Zones (SEZs) so as to create business opportunities and employment opportunities.

Another effort is to simplify the rules or deregulate and provide convenience in organizing events.

With this policy, it is hoped that it will trigger more MICE activities (meetings, incentives, conventions, exhibitions), music-based events, and sports.

“It is hoped that this will encourage the creation of foreign tourism with visits of 7.4 million at the upper limit and the movement of domestic tourists at 1.4 billion movements of domestic tourism,” said the Menparekraf.

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It is estimated that the job creation target and several excellent programs such as empowerment MSMEs and tourism villages in creative villages in 2024 can reach 4.4 million new jobs.

Kokok added, we certainly fully support the government’s efforts in achieving the 2023 tourism target that has been set. We see great potential from holding large-scale events that can generate tourist visits in the country.

As we know, on March 3-5 2023 the WSBK Indonesian Round 2023 motorcycle racing event will take place, the ASEAN Summit in May 2023 and the Mandalika MotoGP on October 13-15 2023.

“We believe that more and more tourism activities and MICE activities (meetings, incentives, conventions, exhibitions), music-based events and sports will be able to boost the level of tourist visits, both domestic and foreign tourists,” he said.

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