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UNWTO Chief: Better Times Just Ahead for Indonesia

Head of World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Francesco Frangialli, Meets Indonesian President and Appraises National Tourism Industry's Prospects.

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Francesco Frangialli, Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), predicted that Indonesian tourism will bounce back and show signs of "definite improvement" by the second half of 2006. Frangialli's comments were made last week in Jakarta during a meeting with Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Hudhoyono.

In Indonesia to participate in a tourism conference held in Central Java, the WTO Secretary General gave high marks to Indonesia for it positive response to counteract the "series of shocks" that have damaged the Country's tourism industry.

According to Frangialli, "Indonesia was not able to join in the success of other Asian destinations which achieved an average seven per cent growth in 2005, and the first half of 2006 will continue to be a difficult period for the tourism industry."

Saying the current situation is encouraging, he predicted a strong rebound for the second half of 2006 and very bright prospects for Indonesian tourism in the years to come.

President Yudhoyono welcomed Frangialli's and WTOs support to Indonesia during its current crisis and pledge Indonesiaís continued support to the United Nations WTO in their efforts to achieve the U.N. Millennium Goals.

More information: UNWTO Web Site

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