The Ministry of Tourism held a coordination meeting with the Belu district government in East Nusa Tenggara on Monday (24/04) to discuss tourism in Atambua, which borders East Timor. (Antara Photo/Kornelis Kaha)

Gov't Promotes Cross-Border Tourism in Atambua, East Nusa Tenggara

BY :JAKARTA GLOBE

APRIL 25, 2017

Jakarta. The Ministry of Tourism held a coordination meeting with the Belu district government in East Nusa Tenggara on Monday (24/04) to discuss tourism in Atambua, which borders East Timor.

The discussions were aimed at strengthening coordination between all elements in the region to attract more tourists from the neighboring country.

Several stakeholders attended the event, including the Belu Tourism Agency, Customs and Immigration, East Timor Embassy, Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI), Association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Agencies (Asita) and the media.

"The plan is to synchronize the vision and mission in managing cross-border tourism," Esthy Reko Astuti, deputy for tourism development at the ministry, said in a statement on Tuesday.

She said the ministry has set a goal to promote tourism in Atambua, as it can help increase the country's gross domestic product and foreign exchange earnings, while also creating more jobs for residents.

"Cross-border tourism involves many parties, such as Immigration, hotels, villages, security and many others. We will organize them to support the program to attract more foreign tourists," Belu Tourism Agency head Johanes Andes said.

Tourism Minister Arief Yahya meanwhile said cross-border tourism will help to improve the local economy and make the border area more prosperous.

"The border area is our front yard, so we will continue to improve our infrastructure and promote cross-border tourism," he said.

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