Indonesian Domestic Tourists’ Spending Reaches Ro 76.16 trillion



            News agency Antara reported, the total spending by domestic tourists in the first semester this year reached Rp 76.16 trillion.         “Until the first semester, this year, a total of 107 million domestic tourists have travelled across the country spending up to Rp 76.16 trillion,” said Mari Elka Pangestu (1/9).


            She remarked that with this achievement, the minister was optimistic that the target of 255 million tourists will be reached by the end of the year in view of several national and international events to be held in various regions this year.  “To further increase the number of domestic tourists, direct promotions needs to be carried out in main markets along with increasing cooperation with airline companies,” Mari Elka Pangestu as qouted by Antara.


            Mari pointed out that tourism and creative economy have become one of the sources of national economic growth. Until mid-2014 the rate of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) reached 6.86 percent. In all, contribution of tourism to the GDP based on the current price in the first semester has reached Rp 136.76 trillion.


            “Most of it came from restaurant reaching Rp 104.06 trillion, hotels Rp 19.51 trillion, and the recreational sector Rp 13.18 trillion,” Mari said. The minister noted that creative economy grew 5.12 percent, which was almost equal to the national growth in the first semester. The value added by the sector in the period was estimated to reach Rp 111.2 trillion with fashion, culinary, handicrafts, publication, and printing being the largest contributors.


            “The four sub-sectors are closely linked with tourism, and thus, the growth in the tourism sector will boost growth in the creative economic sector and the other way round. The synergy between the two sectors can be a reliable source of national economic growth,” Mari Elka Pangestu added. (ds)



Angkasa Pura II Plans to Develop Kuala Namu to become Aerotropolis


            State-run airport operator PT Angkasa Pura (AP) II plans to develop Medan’s Kuala Namu International Airport in North Sumatra as an aerotropolis to integrate with Belawan Port, Kuala Tanjung Port and Batubara regency in helping spurring the province’s economic growth. An aerotropolis is a new urban concept placing airports in the center with cities growing around them, connecting workers, suppliers, goods and executives.


            “The concept will support the development of the national strattegic areas of Medan, Binjai, Deli Serdang, Karo and Mebidangro, as well as the Sei Mangke Special Economic Zone and its surrounding industrial areas,” AP II corporate secretary Daryanto said as quoted by the Jakarta Post (19/09).


            Daryanto said the company was holding a discussion with officials form the North Sumatra provincial administration in Medan in order to determine how to take the plan forward. “The discussion is very important for both parties so that we can develop the aerotropolis concept. We believe the project is feasible becasue Kuala Namu still has a lot of room for future developments,” he said.


            Kuala Namu Aiport is located about 42 kilomenters from the city’s old Polonia airport, has a 3,750-meter runway and 33 aprons that are able to accomodate widebody aircraft such as Airbus A330, jumbojet Boeing 747 and superjumbo A380. (ds)