Close
Bali Discovery Tours: Homepage
Bali Hotels, Bali Villas and Bali News from balidiscovery.com
Home Bali Contact Bali Practicalities Bali News Bali Services Bali Transportation Bali Sports Bali Excursions Bali Villas Bali Hotels
Home · News · A Lack of Legislative Understanding
Bali Hotels, Bali Villas and Bali News from balidiscovery.com
Bali Hotels
Bali Villas
Special Deals!
Packages
MICE Handling
Bali Excursions
Culinary - Dining
Guided Tour
Bali Spas
Bali Sports
Diving
Golf
Bali Transportation
Car Rental - Selft Drive
Private Jet Charter
Bali News
Bali Services
Bali Practicalities
Bali Contact
Bali Career
Home
 
Bali Update
Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter!
 
PATA header
PATA Gold Award 2007
Bali Update
PATA Gold Award Winner 2007
 
Bali Contact
Bali Discovery Tours
Komplek Pertokoan
Sanur Raya No. 27
Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai,
Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

Tel:
++62 361 286 283

Fax:
++62 361 286 284

U.S.A. Fax:(toll free)
1-800-506-8633

U.K. Fax:
++44-20-7000-1235

Australian Fax:
++61-2-94750419

24h:
++62 812 3819724

Bali Discovery

SITE PATA ASITA
Bali News

A Lack of Legislative Understanding

Chief of Tourism Think Tank Points to Thailand in Demonstrating the Failure of Indonesian Policy Makers' Approach to Tourism Issues.


Bali News: A Lack of Legislative Understanding
Click Image to Enlarge

(9/27/2004)

According to Pontjo Sutowo, the Chairman of the Indonesian Tourism Think Tank (MPI), almost 90% of Indonesian economists and legislators have no understanding of tourism resulting in policies that fail to coordinate the activities of the various components of the tourism industry and preserve national competitiveness.

Quoted by the Indonesian-language bisnis.com, Sutowo claims, "the result of the lack of serious attention from the government in efforts to restore tourism's health have caused losses of US$ 6 billion over the past 8 years."

According to Sutowo Thailand and Indonesia in 1996 both generated foreign exchange from tourism equal to US$ 6 billion. However, by the year 2000, Thailand was producing US$ 10 billion while Indonesia corresponding figure was only US$ 4 billion. This is particularly ironic, in Sutowo's view, given the fact Thailand's focus on increasing tourism was driven by a regional economic crisis originating in Thailand, while Indonesia was only a secondary player in that crisis.

Sutowo suggests Indonesia's failure to protect and promote the competitiveness of its tourism product may be due to the inability of economists and legislators to understand the effects and benefits of tourism. He feels that the potential role and contribution of tourism is not appreciated, a situation that is perhaps the result of the tourism industry's inability to convince legislators of tourism's central importance to the national economy.

In explaining Indonesia's relative lack of competitiveness, Sutowo points to Malaysia, Singapore, and Hong Kong where the head of each nation directly intervenes in preserving tourism's position. For example, during the SARS crisis, the Governor of Hong Kong invited international tourism experts to Hong Kong to help in the tourism economy recovery. Accordingly, increasing Indonesia's international competitiveness in tourism matters warrants serious attention from the new administration.

"This is the problem: tourism must get serious attention from all parties, including tourism players, to convince the Government that tourism matters. Let the economist look at the concrete evidence so they can understand that tourism is an alternative that can be relied upon in the wake of diminishing natural resources," said Sutowo.


© Bali Discovery Tours. Articles may be quoted and reproduced if attributed to http://www.balidiscovery.com.


 
Bali News by Bali Update
Subscribe to the Bali Update
Receive the latest news from Bali by email!



Our [Privacy Statement] explains how we handle the data you are providing.

 
Bali News by Bali Update
Explore the Archive of the Bali Update
Find related articles in our news archive!




or try to use Google Search :

Home · Bali Hotels · Bali Villas · Bali Excursions · Bali Sports · Bali News · Site Map · RSS

Bali News: More News
Bali Shall Not Forget
Mark the Date: Bali Remembers Pan Am 812 – April 22, 2014
(4/14/2014)
Wear Your Easter Bonnet
Book a Seat or a Table for the “Diva’s Lunch” at Jemme Restaurant on Friday, April 25, 2014
(4/14/2014)
Paying More, Getting Less
Lawmakers and Public Complain About Increase Passenger Service Charges at Bali’s Airport
(4/14/2014)
Pets Not Welcome
Bali Police Cracking Down on Pet Smuggling from Java
(4/14/2014)
Education for Excellence
STPBI Now Providing Certified Hotel Administration Training in Bali
(4/14/2014)
Bali as a Cheapening Destination
Moratorium on New Rooms in Bali Needed to Stop Bali’s Decline into a Cheap Destination
(4/14/2014)
Indonesia Takes Delivery of RI-1
Indonesia Get its First Presidential Jet
(4/14/2014)
Flying into Trouble
Indonesian Air Force Compel Swiss Aviator Heinz Pier Violating National Airspace to Land in North Sumatra
(4/14/2014)
Tiger Vanishing in Thin Air
Tigerair Mandala Continues to Shrink and Cancel Routes
(4/15/2014)
More Fiber Optic Service for Bali
Telkom Investing to Increase Fiber Optic Network in Bali and Throughout Indonesia
(4/14/2014)
Giving Channel Seven Australia an Aussie Salute
Editorial: Calling on Channel Seven Australia To Give Bali a “Fair Go” in How its Represented to the Australian Public
(4/14/2014)
Indecision is Expensive
Bali Urged to Quickly Decide Location of New Airport of the North
(4/14/2014)
All [News]!
 
Tourism and Transport Tourism Agents