On Friday, 21 October, Vice President Jusuf Kalla convened a meeting of Ministers and leaders of institutions directly involved in the development of Indonesia’s new top 10 priority tourist destinations for development, for which the World Bank was prepared to support with loans for infrastructure development.
Present at the meeting were Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, Luhut Panjaitan; Minister for Tourism, Arief Yahya; Transportation Minister, Budi Karya Sumadi; Investment Minister Thomas Lembong. Also present was
While on behalf of the World Bank was Mr. Rodrigo, World Bank Representative in Indonesia.
After presentations and due deliberations, the meeting under
Whereas, the other top priority destinations are: the Tanjung Kelayang area on Belitung island, Tanjung Lesung in the Banten Province facing the Krakatau volcano, the Thousand Islands (Kepulauan Seribu) fronting the capital city of Jakarta, the Bromo-Tengger–Semeru region in East Java. Komodo and Flores island in East Nusatenggara, Wakatobi underwater world in Southeast Sulawesi, and Morotai island in North Maluku.
Lake Toba is the iconic attraction in North Sumatra which will be transformed into Indonesia’s top ecotourism destination; while for the central section of the island of Java – called Joglosemar - will have as prominent icon the Borobudur temple, UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Whereas, on the island of Lombok, its
Particular projects to be developed with World Bank loan in the revitalization of Lake Toba as
Top priority will be the environmental restoration of Lake Toba itself, the establishment of a portfolio on historic and cultural attractions, a flower garden, an investment plan and the establishment of the Special Economic Zone for Tourism for Lake Toba.
An access toll road will be constructed covering 160.5 km. from Kuala Namu airport near Medan to the town of Parapat on the shore of Lake Toba. The nearer airport at Silangit which today has a runway of 2.400x30
While in the central part of Java, with the aim to boost arrivals to Borobudur and the region, the following actions will be taken :
The Kota Lama (Old Town) of Semarang will be revitalized, as well as improvements made at the prehistoric site of Sangiran near Solo.
As regards infrastructure development, the airport at Kulonprogo in Yogyakarta will be accelerated; a toll road will be built between
Development of the plan on the 3 priority destinations above will commence in January 2017 with funding from regional and local budgets
While the World Bank has agreed to provide initial funding of US$ 6 million in January 2017. The signing
Indonesia aims to achieve the target of 20 million international tourist arrivals in 2019, while this year in 2016 the country targets to welcome an expected 12 million tourists, up from 10.3 million in 2015.