Indonesia defines bigger budget for tourism recovery

The Indonesian government will direct 9.2 trillion rupiah (US$645 million) from the 2022 state budget towards tourism recovery, with money being spent on the development of accessibility, attractions and tourist amenities, as well as on destination promotions and private sector support.

Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Indonesia’s minister of finance, said the budget would be divided into 6.5 trillion rupiah for central government spending and 2.8 trillion rupiah for regional spending.

2022 budget will be used to develop five super priority destinations, including Borobudur (pictured), as well as rebuild Indonesia’s post-pandemic tourism

Funding will go towards developing five super priority destinations, namely Lake Toba, Borobudur, Mandalika, Labuan Bajo, and Likupang.

Sandiaga Uno, minister of tourism and creative economy said in 2022 the ministry would focus more on promoting to source markets producing quality tourists. Promotional direction will also prioritise the “spirit of sustainability” and play up nature-based tourism in the five priority destinations as well as cultural conservation, he added.

“Because we want tourism to be of higher quality, all aspects of tourism recovery must strive for the implementation of sustainable tourism,” Sandiaga remarked.

In 2021, the government allotted 7.67 trillion rupiah to support the national tourism strategic areas, ecotourism, and human resources training in the tourism sector.

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