TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno is preparing to consolidate super-priority tourist destinations in Indonesia under a single management authority.
He said the idea emerged during a working meeting with Committee X of the House of Representatives.
“We are currently working on this bill (tourism bill) and especially for super priority destinations so that there is no more ineffective coordination,” Uno said during “The Weekly Brief with Sandi Uno,” which was tracked online from Jakarta on Monday. .
Ineffective coordination could potentially create distortions in society even as Indonesia struggles to improve the tourism sector, he added.
He said cultural heritages and national parks should be maintained properly.
“We see that there needs to be a single managing authority, which can provide comprehensive information in narrative form. Narrative is about what is done by government and how products are delivered,” Uno explained.
Only one managing authority is needed even if the manager is part of the government.
“Everything has to be handled properly, so that the narrative that comes out to the public becomes a unique narrative for our revival,” Uno said.
This will enable Indonesia to reduce conflict and create quality and sustainable tourism with the aim of creating jobs as well as community benefits.
“Taught from Labuan Bajo, people don’t understand much about our conservation efforts. We hope that with the existence of the single management authority, we can convey our integrated narrative efforts to the public,” said the minister.
Earlier, he invited a delegation led by US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC) President and CEO Ted Osius to help develop Indonesia’s tourism and creative economy sector.
“One of the (efforts) is to build the capacities and capabilities of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the tourism and creative economy sector through digitalization,” Uno said.
The goal of digitizing and empowering MSMEs aims to create 1.1 million new jobs in 2022 and 4.4 million jobs in 2024, he informed.
At the same time, the meeting with the US-ABC delegation aimed to increase the US business community’s understanding of the policies of the Indonesian government to further develop economic cooperation between the US and Indonesia, particularly in the tourism sector and of the creative economy.
According to Uno, digitalization is playing a crucial role in the major paradigm shift towards the digital economy, which is advancing rapidly due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“A digital touch will essentially create quality and sustainable jobs,” he said.
Click here to get the latest news from Tempo on Google News