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Indonesia’s Tourism Minister Indentifies Clean Public Toilets and Air Accessibility as Key Factors to Tourism Destination Development

(7/28/2012) Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy, Mari Elka Pangestu, has identified cleanliness as a key factor to developing tourism to any destination.

Quoted in Bisnis Bali, Pangestu said: “There are three factors that must be attended to by provincial governments wishing to develop their tourism. They are clean bathrooms, clean toilets and airports that are clean.”

She said cleanliness in these three areas is an essential task of local governments as deficiencies in these areas are the source of many complaints from tourism visitors.

Speaking during the ASEAN Tourism Fair in Manado, Pangestu said North Sulawesi must maintain cleanliness in these three areas in order to grow tourism arrivals. In addition to issues of cleanliness and hygiene, the Minister said destinations must also work to maintain access via international air connections if they wish to grow the local tourism industry.

Pangestu said accessibility is an important factor that will help drive tourists to visit a destination.