G20 Countries Optimistic “Bali Guidelines” Contributes to Global Economic Recovery and Job Creation

Labuan Bajo, 11 May 2022 – The G20 delegates attending “The 1st Tourism Working Group 2022” online agree that the “Bali Guidelines” will contribute to global economic recovery by focusing on the tourism and creative economy sectors, as well as being able to create employment opportunities.

The preparation of the “Bali Guidelines” itself is one of the outcome documents of the Tourism Working Group.

“Over the past two days, we have gathered to figure out how to promote tourism recovery and make tourism more inclusive and resilient through the “Bali Guidelines” and its five lines of action,” according to the Chair of Tourism Working Group, Frans Teguh, at Sudamala Resort, Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), Wednesday (11/5/2022) evening.

The G20 member countries had delivered their input and best practices in dealing with issues in the Bali Guidelines, to be later discussed again in the 2nd Tourism Working Group Meeting and jointly agreed upon at the Tourism Ministerial Meeting.

“I hope that I can welcome the G20 delegates in person in Bali on September 23, 2022, at the 2nd Tourism Working Group, which will be followed by the Tourism Ministerial Meeting on September 26, 2022, and commemoration of World Tourism Day on September 27, 2022,” he added.

The delegates strongly supported the Bali Guidelines that center on local people’s welfare and creative economy actors. “We will ensure that tourism can create more and better employment opportunities. Including expanding education, technical and vocational training opportunities, and changing our training in the field of tourism,” Frans continued.

The G20 delegates, guest countries, and the international organizations also appreciated and responded positively to “The 1st Tourism Working Group”.

“On behalf of the Indonesian Presidency team, I would like to thank you and give sincere appreciation to all of the delegates from the G20 member countries and international organizations for your virtual attendance and significant contribution during this meeting,” he said.

On that occasion, the G20 delegates delivered their opinion about the five lines of action that were the main focus of the “The 1st Tourism Working Group” forum.

Among them, issues on human capital related to employment, skills, entrepreneurship, and education. The G20 delegates agree to improve sustainable re-skilling and up-skilling training.

The focus of the discussion on the second line of action, which covers innovation, digitalization, and the creative economy, is that the delegates will strengthen digitalization in the tourism and creative economy sector.

The third line of action is women and youth empowerment. The focus of the G20 delegates on this issue is better gender equality in terms of compensation and representation of women’s leadership roles. Also, to emphasize the importance of training programs to support young entrepreneurs in the tourism sector.

The fourth line of action is climate action, biodiversity conservation, and circular economy. The G20 delegates are committed to making global sustainable tourism.

Lastly, the fifth line of action is policy, governance, and investment frameworks. The G20 delegates emphasize the significance of collaboration to ensure that investment in tourism is an inclusive investment that benefits society.

“We have taken notes of all the points in this forum. The input and intervention of the panelists are beneficial in improving the Bali Guidelines. After this, we will share the conclusion with all delegates,” Frans explained.

On that occasion, Frans Teguh also invited the delegates to various G20 side events, namely the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network Conference on June 21-24, 2022, in Bali; the International Wellness Tourism Conference and Festival on August 5-7, 2022, in Solo; and the World Conference on Creative Economy on October 5-7, 2022, in Bali.

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