Indonesia’s Tourism Minister Hosts World Leaders

Global Showcase For Indonesia Tourism

To promote Indonesia’s many tourist destinations, diverse cultures and investment possibilities, Indonesia’s Minister for Tourism and the Creative Economy, Mari Elka Pangestu, hosted an Indonesian Night in conjunction with the prestigious World Economic Forum (WEF) ongoing in Doha, Switzerland, on Thursday 23 January 2014.
Speaking to the press, Minister Mari Pangestu said that Indonesia’s wealth and variety in culinary presentations as well as traditional and contemporary music are exceptional, reports Kompas daily.

Sumatra tiger conservation

The highlight of the evening were dramatic dances from Bali, while guests were served Indonesia’s most popular dishes of nasi goreng (fried rice) and rendang – voted the most Delicious Food in the World by CNN viewers in 2011. As souvenirs, the 500 invitees were given special hand-woven cloths from the islands of East Nusatenggara.

Indonesia orangutan conservation

WEF Chief Executive Officer and founder of WEF, Klaus Schwab told reporters: It was a wonderful evening and I especially enjoyed the food.”

An Indonesian Night has been held at every WEF since 2011. Minister Mari stated that WEF is a very important opportunity to create networks with delegates in order to explain Indonesia’s many tourism potentials, including that in investments and business. Besides meeting the press, Minister Mari also met informally with many tour operators.

Mt. Bromo Java Indonesia

Source: http://www.eturbonews.com/42156/indonesia-s-tourism-minister-hosts-indonesia-night-wef-doha

Indonesia tourism marketing and public relations firm

Crossbow Communications specializes in international marketing, issue management and public affairs. Indonesia is one of our regions of expertise. Our President and founder is the author of the Language and Travel Guide to Indonesia. Please contact Gary Chandler at gary@crossbow1.com. Visit Indonesia.

Language and Travel Guide To Indonesia

Indonesia Tourism On Record Pace

Tourism A Growth Industry In Indonesia

The total number of international tourist arrivals to Indonesia in 2014 is at this very moment recorded at 9.3 million, while domestic tourism totals 251 million trips, said Tourism Minister Arief Yahya at the end of the year press conference.

The Minister is positive that when all data are in, the final number as  targeted, namely of 9.5 million tourists by the end of the year, will be achieved, forming a solid cornerstone to reach next year’s target of 10 million international tourists and 254 million domestic tourist trips in 2015.

Mt. Bromo Java Indonesia

The number of international tourist arrivals to Indonesia by the end of 2014 will have increased 5.65 percent compared to 2013. While for the period between  January-October, the growth of international tourists reached was 8.71 percent, from 7,134,052 in 2013 to 7,755,616 in 2014. Growth also occurred in domestic tourists from 250 million trips in 2013 to 251 million trips in 2014.

Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya further explained that, therefore, achievements made by the tourism sector to the national  economy include a  4.01 percent contribution to national gross domestic product with  US 0.69 billion in foreign exchange revenue, 10.3 million in employment, while, tourism’s current competitiveness in the world ranked at no 70 according to the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Indonesia orangutan conservation

“With such achievements, tourism should rightfully be a primary industry. Our return level is higher compared those of manufacturing, while in employment the ratio is 6:4. Generally, it can be said that tourism products are ready and available; we just need to add to facilities. Whereas for manufacturing, they still need to build factories first. Tourism also needs to be given higher priority since it is more renewable compared to mining, for example. Furthermore, there are no other industries that can absorb 10 million employment except for tourism” stated Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya at the Year End Press Conference in Jakarta.

These achievements made by tourism in 2014 have become the foundation to set the target for 2019 which should double in value. In the macroeconomic forecast, tourism target for 2019 should be an 8 percent contribution to GNP, US$20 billion in foreign currency revenue, 13 million employment, through 20 million international tourist arrivals, 275 domestic tourist trips, thus  ranking at number 30 in tourism competitiveness worldwide.

golf Indonesia

Meanwhile, achievements made by the creative economy sector in the macro economy for 2014 include: 7 percent contribution to gross domestic product, 12 million employment, and 5.8 percent contribution to the national export. In the micro economy, the achievements made in the creative Economy include: global competitiveness at rank 87 from 143 worldwide and employment productivity at IDR56 million per year. The targets set for the creative economy in 2019 are: 12 percent contribution to gross domestic product, 13 million employment, 10 percent contribution to national export, ranking at no 40 in global competitiveness, IDR100 million per year workforce productivity, and workers knowledge score of 47 (from 0-100).

The highest contribution in the creative economy sector are Culinary presentations, followed by Fashion, and Crafts” explained Arief Yahya.

The quality and quantity of employment in tourism and the creative economy also experienced an increase. In 2013, it was recorded that an additional  1,437 tourism graduates were absorbed into the industry, while in 2014 the number increased to 1,685. While, the number of creative stakeholders in creation and production also increased from 9,219 in 2013 to 4,478 in 2014.

Sumatra tiger conservation

The excellent business portfolio of tourism is one main consideration of the the new government to transform the Ministry of Tourism and creative economy into the Ministry of Tourism. For the Creative Economy sector, a special Creative Economy Board will be established to be announced in the near future.

The Minister of Tourism also announced a number of top tourism events in Indonesia for 2015 which include: the Jakarta Fashion and Food Festival, Java Jazz Festival, Jakarta Marathon, Batam Six Bridges, ASEAN Jazz Festival, Bintan Triathlon, 60 Years Asian-African Conference Festival in Bandung, Tour de Singkarak, Singkawang Festival, Baliem Valley Festival, and Amway China Incentive Event in Bali.

As in previous years, Indonesian waters will also be highlighted with international sailing events. A number of important sailing events for 2015 are: the Singapore Strait Regatta, Neptune Regatta, Sail Indonesia, Darwin-Ambon Yacht Race, Darwin-Saumlaki, Wonderful Sail 2 Indonesia and Sail Maluku.

Indonesia Travel Guide

Indonesia Tourism News via http://www.traveldailynews.asia/news/article/57633/2014-achievements-and-tourism-indonesia

Indonesia tourism marketing and public relations firm

Crossbow Communications specializes in international marketing, issue management and public affairs. Indonesia is one of our regions of expertise. Our President and founder is the author of the Language and Travel Guide to Indonesia. Please contact Gary Chandler at gary@crossbow1.com. Visit Indonesia.

Language and Travel Guide To Indonesia

Indonesia Cave Reveals Historic Tsunamis

Tsunamis Nothing New To Indonesia

A cave discovered near the source of Indonesia’s massive earthquake-spawned tsunami contains the footprints of past gigantic waves dating up to 7,500 years ago, a rare natural record that suggests the next disaster could be centuries away — or perhaps only decades.

The findings provide the longest and most detailed timeline for tsunamis that have occurred off the far western tip of Sumatra island in Aceh province. That’s where 30-metre waves triggered by a magnitude-9.1 earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004, killed 230,000 people in several countries, more than half of them in Indonesia.

surf Sumatra

The limestone cave, located within a couple meters of the coast near Banda Aceh, is about one meter above knee-high tide and protected from storms and wind. Only huge waves that inundate the coastal area are able to gush inside.

Researchers in 2011 uncovered seabed sand deposits that were swept into the cave over thousands of years and neatly layered between bat droppings like a geological cake. Radiocarbon analysis of materials, including clamshells and the remains of microscopic organisms, provided evidence of 11 tsunamis before 2004.

The disasters were by no means evenly spaced, said lead researcher Charles Rubin from the Earth Observatory of Singapore. The last one occurred about 2,800 years ago, but there were four others in the preceding 500 years.

Indonesia tourism

And it’s possible there were others. Researchers know, for instance, that there were two mammoth earthquakes in the region around 1393 and 1450. Rubin said a big tsunami could have carried away evidence of other events through erosion. The scientists are still working to determine the size of the waves that entered the cave.

“The take-home message is perhaps that the 2004 event doesn’t mean it won’t happen for another 500 years,” said Rubin, who added that the cave was discovered by chance and not part of planned field work. “We did see them clustered together closer in time. I wouldn’t put out a warning that we’re going to have an earthquake, but it shows that the timing is really variable.”

Sulawesi sunset

The quake that triggered the 2004 tsunami surprised scientists because the fault that unleashed the megathrust temblor had been quiet for hundreds of years. And since the last big earthquake had struck more than 500 years earlier, there was no surviving oral history that could have helped people understand the risk.

Since 2004, much research has been done to try to learn about the area’s past by examining sand deposits, uplifted coral and GPS data.

“The findings are very significant,” Katrin Monecke, a geosciences professor at Wellesley College in Massachusetts wrote in an email. She worked on tsunami sand deposits discovered in marshes in the area, but was not involved with the cave research, which was presented this month at an American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco. “The sand sheets in the cave cover a very long time span and give an excellent idea about earthquake frequency.”

Despite the long record preserved in the cave, Rubin said it did not provide any clear clues about tsunami frequency or when events might happen in a relatively close period of time.

Indonesia beaches

Geologist Kerry Sieh, director of the Singapore group and also part of the cave investigation, has predicted that another monster quake could rock the area in the next few decades. They tend to come in cycles and the 2004 temblor heaped more pressure on the fault. However, the history is so variable, it’s impossible to make an exact forecast.

“By learning about the type of tsunamis that happened in the past, maybe we can do planning for mitigation for the next tsunami,” said Nazli Ismail, head of the physics and geophysics department at Syiah Kuala University in Banda Aceh who worked on the project.

Indonesia is an archipelago located on the so-called “Ring of Fire,” a horseshoe of fault lines and volcanoes surrounding the Pacific Basin. It is home to some of the world’s biggest and deadliest seismic activity.

Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/indonesia-cave-reveals-tsunamis-dating-back-7-500-years-at-2004-site-1.1606582#ixzz2oaq3zzBr

Indonesia tourism marketing and public relations firm

Crossbow Communications specializes in international marketing, issue management and public affairs. Indonesia is one of our regions of expertise. Our President and founder is the author of the Language and Travel Guide to Indonesia. Please contact Gary Chandler at gary@crossbow1.com. Visit Indonesia.

Language and Travel Guide To Indonesia

Tourists From Middle East Stay Longer In Indonesia

Muslim Tourists Discover Indonesia

The amount of Muslim tourists, especially from the Middle East, may lag behind those from China or other major Asian countries but their numbers are growing year to year, and more importantly they stay for longer and spend big.

According to data from the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry, 89,996 tourists from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt entered the country during the January-August period, an increase of 28.3 percent from 64,479 in the same period last year.

Indonesia travel information

“The figure is relatively small compared to larger markets such as China, but their expenditure is bigger than regular tourists because many Muslims travel with their family,” the ministry’s meeting, incentives, convention, exhibition (MICE) and special interest tourism promotional director, Rizki Handayani, told The Jakarta Post.

The ministry data shows that tourists from non-Muslim backgrounds spend US$1,113 during their vacations in Indonesia while a Muslim traveler spends double to triple that figure.

“They usually spend more than a week in Indonesia and we believe that sharia tourism packages have the potential to attract more Muslim travelers in the future,” she said, adding that Middle East tourists favored Jakarta, West Java and Bali.

Besides the Middle East, other important Muslim markets are Malaysia and Singapore: The number of visitors from both neighboring nations also saw double-digit growth.

The ministry data reveals that there were 1.59 million tourists from Malaysia and Singapore in the first eight months of the year, a 11.5 percent increase from 1.41 million during the same period in 2012.

Indonesia Travel Guide

“Malaysia and Singapore remain among our 16 traditional markets because of their proximity and because we share almost the same culture. Sharia tourism products will help us to better tap into the rapidly expanding number of Muslim travelers from these two countries,” she added.

Apart from the Middle East, Malaysia and Singapore, she said the government would focus its sharia promotion next year on Turkey, India, the UK and Morocco.

Contacted separately, chairman of the Association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Agencies (ASITA) Asnawi Bahar said that its members were ready to cater to the Muslim holidaymakers market. He said that some of its members had been able to integrate Islamic values within the leisure activities they offered.

Indonesian art and culture

“ASITA members will always be ready to support any government program including this new form of tourism. But, the government needs to help us by overcoming challenges in developing this sector,” he told the Post.

He said the development of sharia tourism was challenged by the current state of the country’s infrastructure and the government’s commitment to development in the sector.

National Monument Jakarta

He explained that, in light of the administration’s end in 2014, the government needed a clear long-term, at least five years, grand-strategy to develop sharia tourism.

Source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/11/11/middle-east-tourists-stay-longer-spend-more.html

Indonesia tourism marketing and public relations firm

Crossbow Communications specializes in international marketing, issue management and public affairs. Indonesia is one of our regions of expertise. Our President and founder is the author of the Language and Travel Guide to Indonesia. Please contact Gary Chandler at gary@crossbow1.com. Visit Indonesia.

Language and Travel Guide To Indonesia