Guests at National Tourism Coordination Meeting Wear Traditional Attires

SEPTEMBER 27, 2017

Jakarta. One thousand guests who arrived to the National Tourism Coordination Meeting at the Bidakara Hotel in Jakarta on Tuesday (26/09) wore traditional costumes upon a request by Tourism Minister Arief Yahya.

"Today's meeting feels like a carnival. It is to show that Indonesia's diversity is a major force in tourism," said Arief, who wore traditional Betawi robes.

The ministry's tourism development deputy Esthy Reko Astuti was dressed up in a Javanese kebaya, the ministry's deputy for foreign marketing development I Gde Pitana wore traditional Balinese attire, and the ministry's deputy for tourism industry development Dadang Rizki Ratman was in Sundanese clothes.

"This is Indonesia, this is Indonesian tourism. Beauty and diversity are under one roof that is Indonesia," Arief said.

The guests included Central Statistics Agency (BPS) deputy head Adi Lumaksono, Health Ministry secretary general Untung Suseno Sutarjo and National Education Standard Agency (BNSP) head Sumarna Abdurahman.

During the meeting discussed were the events planned for 2018 to reach the government's target of 17 million foreign visitors.