Direct Flights to Boost Tourist Visits

JAKARTA ~

Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy (Menparekraf), Mari Elka Pangestu, said that the direct flight connectivity from source countries of foreign tourists to the prominent destination in Indonesia became one of the challenges of tourism development in 2014.

“The challenges faced by our tourism are in many different kinds, one of them is direct flight connectivity from source countries of foreign tourists,” she said in Jakarta, on Thursday, in the event of “Indonesia Tourism Outlook and Challenges 2014”.

According to Mari, increase flight connectivity directly from source countries of foreign tourists is very important to boost the development of tourism in the country.

It was also, according to Mari, one of the weaknesses of Indonesian tourism competitiveness.

“Our other homework is among other infrastructure that should be improved, transportation and telecommunications, health and hygiene and environmental sustain ability,” she said.

It also encourages an increase in the quality of the tourism product by adding adequate facilities and infrastructure, including an increase in the number of direct flights.

Based on data from the World Economic Forum (WEF), the competitiveness of Indonesia tourism in 2013 increased to ranking 70 of 130 countries in the world .

Mari said that additional value of Indonesia lies in price competitiveness, natural resources, and priorities of government policy in terms of tourism. Kemenparekraf see Indonesia tourism sector is getting brighter by the improvement of the sector in ASEAN and Asia Pacific.

Central Statistics Agency (BPS) recorded 8,802,129 foreign tourists visited Indonesia, growing 9.42 percent during 2013, with foreign exchange earnings amounted to 10.05 billion U.S. dollars.

Menparekraf said that the great target achievement of the tourism and creative economy sectors (Parekraf )in 2013 reinforce that the prospect of Parekraf will be greater in 2014.

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