Indonesia Targets Asian and Australian Tourists to Anticipate Iran-Israel Conflict

Indonesia Targets Asian and Australian Tourists to Anticipate Iran-Israel Conflict
Indonesia Targets Asian and Australian Tourists to Anticipate Iran-Israel Conflict

Amid escalating tensions in the Middle East, Indonesia braces for the impact on its tourism sector. With the Iran-Israel conflict looming, foreign tourist arrivals might dwindle, prompting the government to take proactive measures to attract visitors unaffected by the geopolitical turmoil.

Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, closely monitors the situation, recognizing its potential repercussions on Indonesia’s tourism landscape. He underscores the need to draw tourists from regions less affected by the Middle East crisis.

“Our focus is on regions closer to Indonesia, as the conflict may deter tourists from Europe or America,” Sandiaga emphasized during a press briefing at the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy office.

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Countries in Asia and Australia emerge as primary targets, given their relative immunity to the Iran-Israel tensions. Statistics from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) reveal a surge in tourist arrivals from Australia, India, and China, signaling promising markets amid global uncertainties.

Australia, with 228,643 visits in January-February 2024, demonstrates a notable increase compared to the previous year. Similarly, Indian tourists’ visits spiked to 90,619, while Chinese arrivals soared to 186,964 during the same period.

Sandiaga’s proactive stance aligns with expert recommendations, with National Tourism Strategy Expert Taufan Rahmadi advocating for a strategic approach to capitalize on the situation. Rahmadi suggests promoting alternative destinations within Indonesia known for their safety and allure.

“Indonesia can seize this opportunity by showcasing destinations like Toba, Bali, Lombok, Solo, Yogyakarta, Likupang, and Labuan Bajo,” Rahmadi advised in a written statement.

The government’s concerted efforts aim to mitigate potential declines in tourist arrivals, safeguarding Indonesia’s tourism industry from external disruptions. As the situation unfolds, Indonesia remains vigilant, adapting its strategies to navigate uncertain geopolitical waters and ensure sustained tourism growth.

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Meanwhile, as previously reported by expatlifeindonesia, the conflict between these two nations has sparked worries worldwide, particularly regarding the impact on oil supplies, with Indonesia also facing potential repercussions. The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) has devised a strategic plan to ensure domestic oil supply stability.

The Director General of Oil and Gas at the ESDM Tutuka Ariadji has revealed his sight. The government, in collaboration with Pertamina, is actively seeking alternative energy sources from regions unaffected by the geopolitical tensions in the Middle East. This proactive approach aims to secure reliable energy reserves for Indonesia amidst the uncertainty.

Highlighting the importance of securing domestic oil supplies, Tutuka emphasized the government’s openness to exploring additional sources, including those in West Africa. Countries like Gabon, alongside Nigeria, present promising opportunities for expanded partnerships to bolster Indonesia’s energy security.