DENPASAR ~ The central government is encouraging each region in Indonesia to prepare a well-structured tourism-development masterplan in order to attract more foreign investors, an official said at the ASEAN Tourism Investment Forum in Kuta on Saturday.
Director General of Tourism Destination Development at the Culture and Tourism Ministry Sambudjo Parikesit said that each region must be able to present solid and clear city planning that would support investments in tourism.
He said that Minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik had allocated a budget for the development of 10 main tourism destinations outside Java and Bali, namely West Papua, East Borneo, North Sumatra, Riau Islands, South Sumatra, East Nusa Tenggara, West Nusa Tenggara, South Sulawesi, North Sulawesi and West Sulawesi.
â€œThe grant aims to stimulate the regions to make the tourism industry bigger, and that would attract more investors,â€ he said.
The ministry said it would support all 10 regions for three years, and expects that after that each region will be able to stand on its own in terms of promotion and attracting visitors.