President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo on Tuesday (31/07) urged his ministers to make "serious" efforts to strengthen foreign exchange reserves by widening biodiesel use to combat pressures caused by a global trade war. (Antara Photo/Rosa Panggabean)

Jokowi Lauds Sharp Rise in Foreign Tourist Arrivals


JULY 07, 2017

Jakarta. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo praised the Ministry of Tourism for achieving a 20 percent year-on-year increase in foreign tourist arrivals in the first quarter of 2017.

Citing data from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), the president said 5,358,489 foreign tourists visited Indonesia between January and May.

"It was all thanks to our hard work and spirit," Jokowi wrote on his Facebook page on Wednesday (05/07).

He called on all ministries to support the Tourism Ministry, which aims to attract 15 million tourists to the country this year and 20 million in 2019.

"It is not a small target, but as mentioned by the minister of tourism, I think all ministries should support the program," Jokowi said.

The president added that the country's tourism sector will boost the economy and that all related ministries should therefore support effort to achieve the targets.

"Everything related to tourism should be pushed and assisted to ensure the implementation [of the programs]," Jokowi said.

Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said the success resulted from cooperation within the "Indonesia Incorporated" program, which is supported by various ministries and institutions.

"There are many ministries and institutions that continue to open ways for improvements. […] Thank you for the good cooperation so far," Arief said.

"It is also because of President Jokowi's decision to establish tourism as the leading sector and core of the nation's economy," he added.