The travel and tourism sector is set to generate
2.4 million new jobs in Indonesia, according to new data from the
World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).
Travel and tourism contributed 6.2% of
Indonesia’s GDP, a total of 770 trillion rupiah.
Gloria Guevara, President & CEO of WTTC said,
“Travel and tourism is an important contributor to Indonesia’s
economy, accounting for over 6% of GDP. In addition, with foreign
visitor spend contributing 220 trillion Rupiah to the economy,
travel and tourism accounted for over 55% of Indonesia’s service
sector exports. I congratulate the government of President Widodo,
in particular Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya, on their
prioritisation of and commitment to our industry. Thanks to their
support for the travel and tourism sector, 2.4m new jobs will be
President Widodo has set an ambitious target to
attract 20 million visitors in 2019, nearly double that of 2016.
He also called for $20 billion in investment in the sector to
support this rapid growth. In 2016 Indonesia granted visa free
access to nationals of 169 countries, opening up the country to
more foreign visitors.