Menparekraf: Emphasizes Importance of Multi-Stakeholder Roles in Realizing Sustainable Tourism at UN General Assembly

New York, 4 May 2022 – At the UN General Assembly, the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy emphasizes the important roles of multi-stakeholders, both public and private as well as the community, in realizing the development of sustainable tourism so that it can have a great impact on society. Especially, in the economic revival and opening up post- pandemic employment opportunities.

Sandiaga Uno conveyed this after delivering his remarks at the ‘High-level Thematic Debate on Tourism’, which was organized by the United Nations General Assembly at the UN General Assembly Hall, New York, United States, Wednesday (4/5/2022) local time.

Menparekraf Sandiaga stated, the COVID-19 pandemic had a major impact on the global tourism industry. The pandemic had made international tourist movement to drop 75 percent compared to pre-pandemic level in 2019. The impact is also getting bigger as tourism has multiplier effect to other sectors.

“In Indonesia, there are more than 34 million people whose livelihoods depend on the tourism and creative economy sector,” according to Sandiaga Uno.

Thus, it is important for every country to change the concept of a more sustainable tourism industry. With global tourism starting to grow after the pandemic, now is the time to start this transformation.

He revealed Indonesia saw a positive trend in global travel and tourism with a growth of 130 percent in January 2022, compared to 2021.

“But we cannot be complacent. It is very important for us not to return to a business-as-usual approach. We have to rebuild tourism industry to be better, more sustainable, and more resilient,” he added.

The development of a sustainable tourism sector must not only look at environmental issues or welfare. But it must also promote the dignity of local culture, society and traditional knowledge, as well as create a balance between mass tourism and quality tourism.

It requires interconnected elements to achieve this. The first is a multi-stakeholders approach. In developing the sustainable tourism sector, it cannot be carried out alone. Both the public and private sector need to engage and collaborate each other, as well as with local communities.

“Both the private and public sectors need to focus on having measurable goals and comparable metrics. These components are critical for the he long-term improvement and accountability of sustainable tourism,” he continued.

To better align efforts towards best sustainable tourism practices, it is also important for public and private stakeholders to have an integrated narrative regarding what is meant by sustainable tourism and for them to have adequate access to accurate information.

“Today, we also need to look at the role of millennials and Generation Z in sustainability not only as tourists, but also as investors. Therefore, engagement with the demographics on sustainable tourism must be a priority,” Sandiaga explained.

Second, the need to strengthen the community’s role as an agent of change in tourism transformation. As part of the Indonesian government’s efforts in building a resilient and sustainable tourism sector, the MOTCE will focus in advancing tourism recovery through strengthening the community’s role as agents of change in tourism transformation.

“With the “Tourism Village” program, we integrate local accommodation, attractions, and complement each other under the coordination of the village government wrapped in local wisdom,” he said.

According to him, this program has proven to be able to improve the living standards of rural communities, as seen in the Penglipuran Tourism Village in Bali which generated more than USD1.45 million in income in 2020.

Lastly, to ensure a resilient tourism sector, it is important to make sure that the movement of people and travel can continue safely even during the pandemic.

“In this context, we need to discuss further about how we can harmonize standard health protocols for cross-border travel,” Sandiaga Uno stated.

Talking about sustainable tourism, there must be concrete action. According to Menparekraf Sandiaga, one of the concrete actions is Indonesia’s offer to turn plastic waste into a nature- based solution.

Along with the G20 and Indonesia’s role as the host of the world tourism day, his institution will continue to encourage economic revival, create business and employment opportunities.

“Together with President Joko Widodo, we will develop a more open and equitable new tourism economic order. This is what we underline and Indonesia takes a strategic position, a position as a country that is a reference for all regions of the world in handling the COVID- 19 pandemic and the revival of tourism,” he stated.

Indonesia, he added, is currently the world’s reference in handling the COVID-19 pandemic and its success in reviving the tourism sector after two years of being hit by the pandemic.

On the same occasion, Sandiaga also said that the MOTCE will hold a Joint Working Group I in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara, on May 10-11, 2022, in the series of the G20 agenda.

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