Hope tourism will recover in all destinations: President

I hope that all countries and all tourist destinations experience the same. However, the recovery in Indonesia was much faster.

Jakarta (ANTARA) – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) on Thursday visited the Likupang region in North Minahasa District, North Sulawesi, one of the five super priority destinations (DSP) selected by the Indonesian government for tourism development.

During his visit, he expressed the hope that all tourist destinations will quickly recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and return to normal.

“I hope that all countries and all tourist destinations will experience the same. However, the recovery in Indonesia was much faster. Now Bali is already full of tourists, although it cannot be compared to the pre-pandemic (level), but tourist visits have reached 60 to 70 percent. We hope that it will be normal as soon as possible for all tourist destinations to recover from the pandemic,” he said, according to an official press statement received here on Thursday.

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Besides Likupang, the other DSPs are Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Borobudur in Central Java, Mandalika in West Nusa Tenggara, and Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara.

The government is preparing support infrastructure in the DSPs, such as airports and access roads.

“The infrastructure in North Sulawesi, including the airport, has been repaired and is ready to accommodate a large number of terminals. The road from the airport to Likupang has also been fixed,” Widodo informed.

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Besides the land route, the government is preparing a sea route that can reduce the travel time from the city to Likupang to only 15-20 minutes. The president said he believes this will also attract investors to Likupang.

“This can attract investment. We aim to have many five-star hotels in this region, followed by other four-star, three-star, and resorts in Likupang,” he added.

The head of state said that he is optimistic that the Likupang region will be visited by foreign tourists, both from Europe and Asian countries, such as China, Japan and South Korea. In addition, direct flights from China will reopen in February 2023.

The president said he believes the tourism sector will continue to improve North Sulawesi’s economic growth.

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“Flights from China will resume in February. There will be three or four planes that will return from the beginning of February. I think the condition will return to normal. This means that North Sulawesi will be supported by the agricultural and tourism sectors, that would be great,” he added.

During his visit, the President was accompanied by Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono, North Sulawesi Governor Olly Dondokambey, and North Minahasa District Chief Joune Ganda.

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