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VP Praises Indonesia's Tourism Industry

Jusuf Kalla Calls for Renewed Commitment to Tourism Promotion.

(10/4/2006) In a speech delivered at the Tourism Indonesian Mart & Expo (TIME) held in Makassar, Indonesia's Vice President issued his thanks and appreciation to those who organized and supported the travel trade event.

The Vice President's comments were read by Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, at the opening of TIME in which the Government's continuing commitment t0 tourism was underlined via Presidential Instruction No. 16 of 2005 that commanded cooperation between all sectors and levels of the official bureaucracy in support of tourism.

VP Jusuf Kalla, who did not attend the opening of the 13th Annual TIME due to international travel commitments, said in his comments that now is the time to aggressively promote Indonesian tourism following the series of natural disasters that have recently befallen the Country.

TIME was held for the first time in Eastern Indonesia where it attracted 110 buyers from 21 countries and 124 sellers representing 20 different provinces in Indonesia. 62 members of the press were also invited to attend the travel show.