Buton Revisited

Text : Gandi Faisal In late June, I got a chance to revisit Buton Island, Southeast Sulawesi. It was a trip long in coming if for no other reason than Buton being my late mother’s hometown, and that I finally got the chance to take my family there. It was also a trip I found I sorely needed to recharge and to get reacquainted with my parent’s past, or what’s left of it. Buton is more than a paragraph or two in students’ book describing the island as the place where all of that high-qu … [Read more...]

Tour de Singkarak stirs international enthusiasm

After having successfully held the annual event for five consecutive years, Tour De Singkarak is set to climb higher in the realm of international cycling sport event. Jean-Etienne Amaury, president of Amaury Sport Organization (ASO), an event organizer giant that has scored numerous successes organizing internationally acclaimed events such as Tour De France and Paris-Dakar Rally, expressed his surprise and delight on how Tour De Singkarak is held. “It’s my first time to be here. I’m indee … [Read more...]

High Hopes

Blessed with beautiful scenery, Maluku has tapped the large potential in tourism and hospitality industry. Hotelier Andre Sitanala expresses his enthusiasm on how the industry could shape the future direction of the Spice Islands.    “One of the development strategies to build Maluku toward economic recovery is through tourism and hospitality. However, it would be hard to succeed without the support of the islands’ good infrastructure that ensures safety and comfort,” says Andre Sitanala, the … [Read more...]

Boosting Tourism

Blessed with natural grandeur and beautiful landscapes, Indonesia is looking forward to gaining economic benefit from tourism development. The Indonesia’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism has set the promotion budget of Rp492.1 billion or US$57 million for tourism development in 2011. The allocated budget is for marketing activities that include overseas and domestic promotion, marketing information, facilities promotion and MICE (Meeting, Incentive, Conference and Exhibition). The Rp492.1 b … [Read more...]

Tour de Singkarak 2011

Minister of Culture and Tourism (Menbudpar) Jero Wacik; together with West Sumatra Governor Irwan Prayitno, Director General of Marketing at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia Sapta Nirwandar, and PB ISSI Chairman Phanny Tanjung; officially inaugurates the giant event of Tour de Singkarak 2011 in a cultural art ceremony in Taman Budaya Padang (literally means “Padang’s Garden of Culture”). This spectacular ceremonial opening is marked by drumming the Gendang Tasa, an … [Read more...]

Taleb Rifai: Propitious Potential

Many speak of economic and geopolitical doom and gloom. But the secretary general of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) acknowledges that the ASEAN tourism sector as the bloc has great potential to flourish. In his remarks at the opening ceremony of the 15th ASEAN Tourism Forum in Manado, North Sulawesi last January, UNWTO secretary general Taleb Rifai says that Asia’s share of international tourism by the year 2030 will grow from 20 to 30 percent. “And the good news is Sou … [Read more...]

Mari Elka Pangestu: Boosting Creativity

Tourism sector is a fertile environment for entrepreneurship. In the case of Indonesia, it has the potential to grow small and medium businesses and to better position the country on the world’s economic map, according to Mari Elka Pangestu. “Indonesia needs market diversification to anticipate the decreasing number of tourists from the West, mainly impacted from the unfavorable economic conditions in European countries and the United States,” Mari Elka Pangestu, the newly elected Minister of … [Read more...]

ASEAN Tourism Potential for Economic Growth

Secretary General of UNWTO (the United Nations World Tourism Organization) Taleb Rifai expressed his optimism that the tourism sector is one of the big potentials for ASEAN countries to boost their economic growth.  Speaking in front of a group of journalists at the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2012, which is taking place in Manado from January 8 to 15, Rifai said he was delighted that UNWTO has developed a strong relationship with ASEAN.   To help ASEAN countries realize such a propitious potential i … [Read more...]